By Bakari Kiango

Dar es Salaam. The government on Monday, January 3, 2022, explained the delay in completing the construction of the Dar es Salaam-Kibaha eight-lane road project, citing some adjustments in the project as the main factor behind the delay.
The project involves upgrading a section of Morogoro Road from two to eight lanes with the aim of reducing traffic congestion between Kimara in Dar es Salaam and Kibaha in the coastal region.
Deputy Minister of Works and Transport, Mr Godfrey Kasekenya – who inspected the project yesterday – said the government had injected an additional 56 billion shillings for the improvement of the 19.2 km.
The move will see the construction of an air bridge at the Mbezi-Goba junction, a bridge at Kwa Yusufu (Mbezi) and feeder roads at the Magufuli bus station. on the outskirts of the city of Dar es Salaam. Construction was previously due to be completed in October last year, but will now be completed in June this year.
Mr. Kasekenya revealed that some challenges were observed after the completion of the first phase of the project, which prompted the government to add another 56 billion shillings to the project.
He said that the first phase of the Kimara-Kibaha road was 99% complete, when the government saw the need to have a bus rapid transit (BRT) project alongside the main project from Kimara to Kibaha which is currently in progress. improvement course.
“We saw the need to construct feeder roads, a bridge at Mbezi Kwa Yusufu and a flyover at Goba-Mbezi to facilitate traffic on the Goba-Segerea road,” he said.
The government of President Samia Suluhu Hassan also saw the need to improve the roads from Magufuli International Bus Station to Mbezi Luis following huge traffic – and also to build a bus stop at the Mloganzila Hospital Junction In the region. He stressed the need to ensure that the construction meets the required standards so that the various road projects currently under construction can demonstrate good value for money.
Tanzania National Roads Agency Dar es Salaam Regional Director Harun Senkuku said the government has already set aside 59.5 billion shillings in the 2021/22 financial year for the Dar es Salaam region. . 27.4 billion shillings will be earmarked for road maintenance and 32.7 billion shillings as development funds.
Construction of the 19.2 km road from Kimara Kibaha began in 2018 and was expected to be completed in October last year.


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