CONSTRUCTION works of the first phase of the Ubungo Interchange project will be completed by December this year, the Tanzania Road Agency (TANROADS) has confirmed.
The 247bn/- project section connecting Mandela and Sam Nujoma roads will be finalised in July next year, with the goal of easing traffic congestion at the very busy Ubungo road intersection and in turn boosts the country’s economy.
Ubungo road intersection is the main gateway to the country’s commercial capital, which houses the busiest seaport used by all six landlocked neighbouring countries - Zambia, Malawi, DR Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.
TANROADS Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Eng Patrick Mfugale, made the revelations when the newly appointed Board of the agency conducted a familiarisation tour of its Dar es Salaam based infrastructure projects on Saturday.
Other projects are construction of New Selander Bridge, Terminal 3 of Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) and the widening of Morogoro Road- Kimara – Kibaha eight lane projects.
According to the CEO, currently a temporary roundabout has been constructed to facilitate smooth movement of vehicles while construction continues without causing any further disruptions.
He admitted that the construction started a bit late because they had to figure out how to relocate many infrastructure projects, including water, electricity and telephone which cross the area.
“The project is progressing well as the constructor has begun installation of the beams; therefore we are confident that the plan will proceed as scheduled,” said Eng Mfugale.
He further noted that the project is funded partly by the government (47bn/-) and a loan from the Work Bank (WB) to the tune of 200bn/-, while the construction work is implemented by a Chinese firm, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).
The Ubungo Interchange Project Manager from TANROADS, Eng Barakael Mmari, observed that four piles had already been installed out of the required 60 piles.
Eng Mmari indicated that the construction work is progressing well, after successfully relocating 2.6 kilometres of water pipes, 1.2 kilometres of telephone infrastructure and 17 kilometres of electricity.
Commenting on the other ongoing projects, Eng Mfugale said progress of the Selander Bridge was good as it stands at 5.3 per cent while the scheduled target was 5.2 per cent.
TANROADS Director of Projects, Mr Chrispianus Nko, pointed out that the construction of Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA)’s Terminal 3 was at 96.5 per cent.
Its completion is expected on May 31 this year, noting that the remaining part involves some minor work airside (99.78 per cent), landside external (98.32 per cent) and building work ( 94.84 per cent).
TANROADS Board Chairman, Dr Damas Nyaoro, expressed satisfaction with the progress of the projects, noting that, since the role of the board was to advise the agency, the tour had helped them a lot to get a clear picture of what was happening on the ground.
Dr Nyaoro emphasised the need for TANROADS to closely monitor every step of the projects by deploying members of their staff to undertake supervisory work, to ensure the plan was implemented properly.