Construction of New Bagamoyo Road stretch to be completed by May

08Feb 2016
Felister Peter
The Guardian
Construction of New Bagamoyo Road stretch to be completed by May

CONSTRUCTION of a 4.3 kilometers section of the New Bagamoyo Road from Mwenge to Morocco in Dar es Salaam is expected to be completed in May this year, according to the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) chief executive officer Patrick Mfugale.

Patrick Mfugale

“Implementation of the project is progressing well even though there are challenges,” Mfugale said, pointing out that the time schedule for the project was six months. The expansion of the road, one of the city’s most-used throughfares, will enable pedestrians and motor vehicles to enjoy eased traffic on an otherwise heavily congested part of road. It involves expanding the road from three to five lanes. To achieve this, in early December last year President John Magufuli channeled 4bn/- that was originally set aside for the country’s independence day celebrations towards the project. According to a State House statement released at the time, the president ordered the work to start without delay to address traffic congestion in the city. Most parts of Dar es Salaam are severely affected by huge traffic jams owing to faulty traffic light systems, narrow road spaces, increased number of vehicles and poor driving practices including illegal parking along roadsides. A recent study by The Guardian estimated that the city’s traffic congestion problermds were costing the national economy at least 411bn/- annually, with commuter bus (daladala) owners being the biggest losers, followed by employers. The study said daladala owners lose around 265bn/- in income and 25.55bn/- in fuel costs yearly, while employers lose 120.4bn/- in the same period, being wages paid to workers who are not working because they are trapped in traffic jams. Dar es Salaam is the most densely populated region in the country, with a total population of 4.3 million – approximately 10 per cent of the entire country’s population, according to the 2012 National Population and Housing Census. The region’s population has increased from 1,360,865 in 1988 and 2,487,288 in 2002, representing an average annual population growth rate of 4.3 per cent which is above the national population growth rate of 2.9 per cent. The vice president of the Institute of Engineers Tanzania (IET), Eng. Ngwisa Mpembe, commended the local contractor undertaking the task for doing a good job so far. “The given timeframe is to be expected if you consider such technical factors like peak traffic hours which tend to interrupt the work,” Mpembe said. He esxplained thast in order not to interrupt traffic, the contractor was using a restricted number of vehicles and equipment to “determine the pace of the work”. The pace of the work is also determined by existing utility services like water pipes and power and telecom wiring, he added. For example, he added, construction of the 0.8km access road from Kurasini to the port of Dar es Salaam is expected to take 12 months because of the amount of traffic which allows work to be done for 4 hours only daily. ends