Multiple lane highway nearing halfway point

09Nov 2019
Felister Peter
The Guardian
Multiple lane highway nearing halfway point

THE major construction project involving expansion of 19.2 kilometers of the Morogoro Road to four lanes on either side has reached 48 percent.

Atashasta Nditiye

The project which covers part of the road from Kimara in Dar es Salaam to Kibaha in Coast region will be completed by January 2021.

Works, Transport and Communication Deputy Minister Atashasta Nditiye told the lawmakers that the project is being executed by a local company—Estim Construction Co. Ltd, supervised by the Engineering Consulting Unit (TECU) tied to the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS).

“This project is fully funded by the government at a cost of 140.45bn/-. Completion of the Kimara-Kibaha stretch will pave the way for extension of the four lanes a side beyond Kibaha along Morogoro Road,” he said.

Currently, it is estimated that over 50,000 motor vehicles traverse Morogoro Road on a routine basis. The road is an important link to Dar es Salaam port which serves neighbouring landlocked countries of Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The current expansion work to four lanes either side will stretch from Kimara to Kibaha, at a point around 150 metres after crossing the old weighing bridge, he remarked.

In some areas the road will be expanded to six lanes a side, while the project involves construction of flyovers at Kibamba, Kiluvya, Mpiji and Mloganzila.

He was responding to a basic question by Kibaha Urban MP Silvestry Koka (CCM) who had tasked the government to extend the road expansion work to Mlandizi area in Coast region.

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