Plans are underway to construct a second weighing bridge at Himo Junction, one of the busiest bridges in Kilimanjaro region.
Works deputy minister Greyson Lwenje said in Dodoma yesterday that the government has received public concerns on the area as to increasing traffic at the bridge.
“We are aware of the challenges facing transporters and passengers using the bridges. And this has been contributed by the fact that the area has only one weighing bridge,” Lwenje said when answering a question by Vunjo MP Augustino Mrema (TLP) who wanted to know government strategies to reduce traffic congestion at the weighing bridge.
Mrema said the Himo weighing bridge has been a curse to transporters and people living in the area, urging the government to come up with a mechanism geared to address challenges facing the area.
Lwenje affirmed that the bridge is administered by the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS), Kilimanjaro office, charged with weighing all vehicles from 3.5 tones as stipulated in the Road Traffic Act of 1973.
“This bridge is there to ensure that all vehicles in that category are weighed without any excuse and we have no plan to shift the weighing bridge from where it is located.
“But we are planning to build another bridge on the other side of the road to allow vehicles from Dar es Salaam to be weighed straight as they come in, contrary to the current situation where vehicles from the opposite direction have to cross the road towards the weighing bridge. This creates unnecessary inconveniences to the public,” he admitted.
The move is set to reduce congestion at the current weighing bridge at the junction, where hundreds of vehicles pass each passing day, he added.