Tanzania to commence construction of the new Selander Bridge in Dar es Salaam

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Tanzania is set to begin construction of the 6.2 km Selander bridge in Dar es Salaam following signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Tanzania and South Korea.

The MOU which was signed in the presence of President John Magufuli and the visiting South Korea Premier, Mr Lee Nak-yeon, will see construction costs of the bridge at US $126.26m and is expected to be completed by 2021.

The new edifice will run from Selander bridge and along the Indian Ocean beach front in the city. The 180-tonnage capacity bridge will ferry 55,000 vehicles per day and is expected to greatly reduce congestion along the overwhelmed independence-time Selander bridge.

Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroad) chief executive officer Patrick Mfugale said South Korea will cover 82.9% of the cost while Tanzania will fund the remainder.

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Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroad) chief executive officer Patrick Mfugale said South Korea will cover 82.9% of the cost while Tanzania will fund the remainder.

Mfugale said the bypass will connect Aga-Khan Obama drive and Coko Beach at the junctions of Kenyatta and Toure roads.

President Magufuli urged the contractor to speed up work. “With advanced technology that Korea has, I don’t expect the contractor to delay in completing the project.,” noted the Head of State.

Morever, the President said he had requested South Korean through Exim Bank to help Tanzania with a soft loan for construction of the Mwanza-based 3 km Kigongo-Busisi Bridge.

“The Good news is that he has promised to convey my request to his President,” said Dr Magufuli.