According to the ministry of Works, Transport and Communications, the construction of the bridge is being funded by the Tanzanian government by 100 per cent.
The ministry said in a written response when answering a question posed by Zainab Amir (Special Seats-CCM) that the contract for the construction of Wami Bridge was signed between the government of Tanzania and the Chinese contractor— Power Construction Corporation on June 28, 2018 and that the construction was expected to be completed after 24 months (2years).
“The construction will involve the linking of roads to the bridge that will have 3.82 kilometres in an attempt to connect the new bridge with the Chalinze-Segera highway,’’ noted the ministry.
In her main question, the Special Seats lawmaker wanted to know, when the government would look for an investor to construct the new Wami Bridge in the Coast Region to modernise it and make it a source of revenue collection from motorists just as it is currently being done at the modern Kigamboni Bridge in Dar es Salaam.
Responding, the ministry said that the feasibility study and detailed design for the new Wami Bridge was carried out in March 2016, adding that the bridge which is expected to be constructed 670 metres away from the current bridge will have a length of 513.5metres and 11.85 metres in width.
The current bridge has 88.75 metres and it is a very important bridge connecting the Coast Region and its neigbouring regions of the Northern Zone and the neigbouring country of Kenya and the bridge is 47.47 kilometres away from the Chalinze junction on the Chalinze-Segera highway.
“Currently this bridge is still suitable for vehicles crossing over as it was constructed at higher qualities many years ago, however, the sharp corner within the bridge has been causing several accidents, that is why we need to have a new bridge,’’ he said.