The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved USD 225.31 million, equivalent to 220bn/-, for upgrading 188-km and 202-km roads from Dodoma-Babati and Tunduru-Mangaka, respectively.
At a meeting which was held recently, the Board highlighted its interest in improving the two roads due to their national, regional and continental importance.
In a press statement issued yesterday, AfDB pointed out that, the project also will include capacity building for road sub-sector entities in the mainland and Zanzibar.
It reminded that, the same roads were the links of major corridors, namely the Tanzania trunk road network, the Cape to Cairo Trans-Africa Highway, the SADC Regional Trunk Road Network (RTRN) and the EAC Trunk Road Network.
It identified the beneficiaries as the Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroads), Ministry of Infrastructure and Communications in Zanzibar and the Roads Fund Board.
It will also be used to train women contractors, road safety matters and purchase of support equipments, noted the press statement.
“The total cost of the project amounts to USD 342.44 million, equivalent to 334.84bn/- before tax. The project is to be jointly financed by the Bank, the Japan International Co-operation Agency and the government,” said the AfDB statement.
This project will be a continuation of the first phase financed jointly by the Bank, JICA and the government who cost was USD 371.14 million, equivalent to 362.90bn/-. The roads built in the first phase are 250-km Dodoma-Iringa highway and 193-km Namtumbo-Tunduru road, the statement said.
The completion of Phase I and Phase II will provide bitumen surfaced roads between Iringa and Babati through Dodoma while linking the existing surfaced highways from Tunduma on the Zambia border through Mbeya and Iringa roads.
The AfDB said in the press release that the project will cut across the Babati-Minjingu-Arusha-Namanga road to link Tanzania with Kenya.
According to the statement, a bitumen road will also link northern Mozambique with southern Tanzania over the Umoja Bridge at Mtambaswala area.