Tanzania to commence construction of the new Selander Bridge in Dar es Salaam

Tanzania to commence construction of the new Selander Bridge in Dar es Salaam

Tanzania is set to begin construction of the 6.2 km Selander bridge in Dar es Salaam following signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Tanzania and South Korea.

The MOU which was signed in the presence of President John Magufuli and the visiting South Korea Premier, Mr Lee Nak-yeon, will see construction costs of the bridge at US $126.26m and is expected to be completed by 2021.

The new edifice will run from Selander bridge and along the Indian Ocean beach front in the city. The 180-tonnage capacity bridge will ferry 55,000 vehicles per day and is expected to greatly reduce congestion along the overwhelmed independence-time Selander bridge.

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Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroad) chief executive officer Patrick Mfugale said South Korea will cover 82.9% of the cost while Tanzania will fund the remainder.

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Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroad) chief executive officer Patrick Mfugale said South Korea will cover 82.9% of the cost while Tanzania will fund the remainder.

Mfugale said the bypass will connect Aga-Khan Obama drive and Coko Beach at the junctions of Kenyatta and Toure roads.

President Magufuli urged the contractor to speed up work. “With advanced technology that Korea has, I don’t expect the contractor to delay in completing the project.,” noted the Head of State.

Morever, the President said he had requested South Korean through Exim Bank to help Tanzania with a soft loan for construction of the Mwanza-based 3 km Kigongo-Busisi Bridge.

“The Good news is that he has promised to convey my request to his President,” said Dr Magufuli.

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