Press Release: The Ground Breaking Ceremony for TAZARA Intersection Improvement Project

Press Release

The Ground Breaking Ceremony for Tazara Intersection Improvement Project will be conducted on 16th April, with the presence of H. E. Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Traffic congestion in Dar es Salaam is recognized as a severe problem in Tanzania. According to estimates of the National Bureau Statistics, a total of Tsh. 411.55 billion was lost in the year 2013 alone due to this congestion.

Asthe first flyover in this country, the Tazara Flyoverwill become a long-lasting symbol in opening a new era of Tanzania- Japan partnership. It will contribute to better life of the citizens of Dar es Salaam, and for the economic growth of not only Tanzania but also neighbouringlandlocked countries that are connected with Central Corridor and the Dar es Salaam Corridor.

The Contract for construction between TANROADS and Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd. was signed on 15th October, 2015 witnessedby Dr. Magufuli, Minister for Works at that time.The construction is expected to be completedin October, 2018.

The Government of Japan, through JICA, has more than a 35-year-history of supporting the improvement of transport infrastructure in Dar es Salaam, starting from the construction of Selander Bridge in 1980. For instance in 2008, JICA supported the formulation of Dar esSalaam Urban Transport Master Plan. Since then,tremendous efforts have been taken by the Government of Tanzania to ease traffic congestion in the city, such as the introduction of this flyover, BRT, major road widening projects etc.

Building on these efforts, and in view of the fast development of the city, JICA will continue to support to further update the Master Plan for identifying key investments aiming to reduce traffic congestion, promote economic growth and improve livelihoods of the citizens.

Project Basic Information
Project TitleTazara Intersection Improvement Project
Executing AgencyTanzania National Roads Agency
ConsultantOriental Consultants Global
ContractorSumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd
Date of Signing on Construction Contract15th, October 2015
Expected Completion DateEnd of October in 2018
Flyover Features

Pre-stressed Continuous Hollow Bridge and Pre-stressed Continuous Box Girder Bridge
Number of Flyover2 flyovers
Length425m(spans are 5x30m +45m+65m+45m+4x30m)
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