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Authorities in Dar given more tips on road traffic jams

23rd January 2013
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The government has been urged to decentralise public offices in Dar es Salaam and construct new ones outside the city in order to reduce traffic jams and avoid unnecessary costs.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam on Monday Moustafa Khaled, who is a property developer said the strategy would reverse the current gravitation of traffic towards the city centre during peak hours.

“This can be done by locating the new public offices in different areas in the outskirt of the city,” he proposed.

He said cars should be allowed to enter mainstream traffic only via select roads and streets, with no exiting or entering traffic less than 100m from any major traffic junction.

“There is a need to construct a fly-over in the city centre which would facilitate exiting of cars,” he added.

Khaled said that would reduce interruption points in main traffic, caused by errant drivers and minimise the number of congested junctions, making it easier to address problems by keeping the traffic within a local area and managing traffic flow.

According to him it would also reduce significantly the traffic on some streets, making them available for cycling integration.

Experts say traffic congestion in Dar es Salaam is felt by everyone; it is a burden to the economy and frustrates efforts to improve the lives of the city’s residents.

Since Dar es Salaam is the metropolis of Tanzania accounting for more than 60 percent of national tax revenue for the country as a whole, congestion has a huge impact on the economy.

Launching the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Infrastructure Phase 1 President Jakaya Kikwete promised road users in Dar es Salaam the end of long queues and traffic jams which have been a nuisance in recent years.

He said the DART project will ease traffic jams and road congestion which reigned in most of Dar es Salaam roads.

The President said the government will be making efforts to end road jams through construction of flyovers through this project, while several roads under the City Councils were handed over to Tanzania Roads Agency (Tanroads) for maintenance and modernization.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN