John Magufuli
John Magufuli

Minister for Works Dr John Magufuli

Minister for Works Dr John Magufuli

Speaking in Dar es Salaam at the occasion to lay a foundation stone for the improvement of the famous 5.31 km Uhuru Road, the Minister for Works, Dr John Magufuli, said that in the next few months Dar es Salaam would look different in terms of modern transportation infrastructure to ease traffic jams.

?The talk about Tazara and Ubungo flyovers will come to reality as part of the comprehensive Dar es Salaam road improvement project plans estimated at 4tri/-.

Apart from the flyovers, plans are underway for the construction of Coco-beach ?Salender Bridge overpass worth 1.52tri/- with support from the Republic of South Korea,? Magufuli explained.

The historical Uhuru Road, said Magufuli, was among 16 former regional roads now upgraded to national roads with expansion work to be supervised by the Tanzania Roads Agency (Tanroads).

The Executive Officer of Tanroads, Eng Patrick Mfugale, said that improvement of Uhuru Road would be implemented in phases and Phase One is the stretch between Msimbazi and Karume (Mchikichini area) covering one kilometre.

?The second phase will cover a two-kilometre distance between Karume and Buguruni Malapa. The feasibility study was conducted by a local company, NORPLAN Tanzania Ltd, at a cost of 40m/-.

It was completed in 2009,? Eng Mfugale explained. Uhuru Road will soon look different, said the minister, adding that it will be of four lane structure, two on both sides plus pedestrian tracks.

Earlier, the minister took time to inspect ongoing Dar Rapid Transport construction project and requested the Construction Company, Strabag, to speed up the process and start working for 24 hours on shift basis.

Ilala MP, Azan Zungu expressed delight for the impressive work by the government under President Jakaya Kikwete for commendable determination on construction of roads, in addition to other development projects.

?Tax payers are ready to pay more when they see improvement of social services. But the general public has the obligation to take good care of their property,? Mr Zungu appealed.

By BILHAM KIMATI, Tanzania Daily News

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