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Long-Awaited Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority Flyover in Dar es Salaam Almost Complete

September 2, 2018

A critical infrastructure project which will benefit all of Tanzania is now estimated at 98% complete.

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) flyover is nearing completion, according to Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa.

The overpass began work in October 2016 with a total projected cost of $965.9 million when complete. It was funded thanks to a grant from the government of Japan via its Japan International Cooperation Agency.

When complete, the road is projected to reduce traffic by up to 80% from the current situation. Its four lanes and 425 meter bridge are also expected to minimize accidents because of restricted access to and on the flyover.

The project is also seen as a model for other such approaches for the country. The government has already laid out plans to build as many as seven other flyovers in the city, all again to reduce traffic congestion and enable Dar es Salaam to continue to grow as the country’s economy surges.

Prime Minister Majaliwa recently went on a tour of the construction site, near where the Mandela Expressway and Julius Nyerere Road come together. He praised the work done to date, saying, “The project is progressing well and upon completion, it will ease traffic for those who will be going to the airport and nearby areas from the city center.”

The flyover should be complete and ready for full service by October this year.

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