Dar flyover construction to cause traffic mayhem

19Mar 2016
Our Reporter
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Dar flyover construction to cause traffic mayhem

The government has allocated alternative roads to the ongoing construction of the long-awaited first flyover at Tazara intersection in the infamously heavy-traffic city of Dar es Salaam.

Tazara intersection development is a result of a contract signed on October 15, 2015 between Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroads) and Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Company Limited (SMCC), to carry out project on a grant from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (Jica).

Tanroads Dar es Salaam Regional Manager, Eng. Julius Ndyamukama said on Thursday that the construction works for the three-year Sh100bn project that kicked off recently would create traffic hitches from all directions of the intersection, but the agency has optional roads to handle the situation.

“You might have seen what we have done in the construction of Kinyerezi Bridge over how we eased movements to Ubungo, Mbezi and elsewhere,” he said.

He said the other roads to serve the purpose are Jet Corner to Davis Corner road which gives an access to Chang’ombe and Kilwa roads and Tabata Barracuda to Vingunguti road that leads to Mchicha feeder road that gives access to Nelson Mandela Expressway.

“We cannot deny that these are not very good roads. Obviously, we should admit that there must be some challenges to road users during the construction period but they should also understand that we have tried to our level best to decongest the intersection,” Ndyamukama said.

The ongoing project is a socio-economic endeavour that has attracted various stakeholders including city residents and their business circles in Tanzania’s notoriously traffic unfriendly commercial capital that lost a total of Sh411.55bn in 2013 alone due to traffic nuances, he said quoting the estimates by the National Bureau Statistics.

The estimates further points out that ‘daladala’ commuter bus owners lose around Sh265bn worth income and Sh25.55bn in fuel costs annually, while employers lose Sh120.4bn in wages paid to workers unable to make it to their jobs owing to traffic jams.

Speaking at the signing ceremony on October 15, President John Magufuli, who was then Minister of works, revealed that the construction of the flyover would cost a whopping Sh100bn and would be financed mainly on a 93.44bn grant from the government of Japan, with an apparent token top up of Sh8.26bn by the government of Tanzania.

Dar es Salaam is the most densely populated city in the country and according to the 2012 National Population and Housing Census; the region has a total population of 4,364,541 which is 10 per cent of the country’s population.

The current population is an increase from of 2,487,288 and 1,360,865 as recorded in 2002 and 1988 census respectively, an average annual growth rate of 4.3 per cent, nearly doubling the national average growth rate of 2.9 per cent.

Faulty traffic light systems, inadequate traffic police, narrow roads and ruthless driving are also typical of Dar es Salaam’s traffic nightmares.

Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd. SMCC is a prominent company excelling in many land-mark transport infrastructure projects in Asia implemented under the financing of ODA Yen Loans as well as Grant Aid by JICA.

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