The construction of Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) flyover in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is now 98% complete, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has said.
The flyover project is being funded by the government of Japan through its Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) and is set to be inaugurated by President John Magufuli in October this year.
Speaking during a tour of the construction site at the junction between Mandela Expressway and Julius Nyerere Road in Dar es Salaam, the Prime Minister said the government was impressed with the work that has been done so far.
“The project is progressing well and upon completion, it will ease traffic for those who will be going to the airport and nearby areas from the city center,” he said.
Ease traffic and boost economy
Construction of the flyover commenced in October 2016 at an estimated cost of US $965.9m upon completion. The road, which is expected to reduce traffic by up to 80% as well as numerous accidents, consists of four lanes and includes a 425 meter bridge. It is also expected to increase productivity thus, boosting the country’s economy.
Majaliwa also revealed the current government’s plans to construct other seven flyovers in the city, reiterating the government’s commitment in addressing traffic congestion.
“The construction of Tazara flyover has considered the need for Rapid bus transit project to Gongo la Mboto from the city center. In this case, the contractor has set aside enough space that will be used for Dart project that will kick off soon,” he added.