PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has assured Tanzanians that her

Government will make efforts to look for funds for repairing and

Constructing all roads and bridges countrywide through the Tanzania

National Roads Agency (TANROADS).


President Samia made the assurance yesterday in Dar es Salaam when

opening the newly built Tanzanite Bridge.


"I take this opportunity to congratulate the Contractor, Consultant, Ministry of Works and Transport and TANROADS for completing this project," President Samia stated.


She added: "It is a big comfort for us today seeing the project, which

was initiated by my predecessor the Late John Magufuli, is completed.

To me, this Bridge is part of honoring Magufuli,” she said.


The construction of the Tanzanite Bridge is a continuation of the

Government’s efforts to improve transport infrastructures and address

the challenge of traffic congestion and ease transportation in the

city of Dar es Salaam, hence enhancing economic growth.


She said the construction of bridges and roads uses a lot of public

funds, thus calling upon all Tanzanians to give priority to protection

of those infrastructures.


When welcoming the President, Works and Transport Minister Prof Makame

Mbarawa thanked her for enabling completion of various works projects.


Prof Mbarawa said traffic jams on Ali Hassan Mwinyi road, especially

at Old Selander Bridge was a big challenge, thus the government came

up with a grand plan to address it.


“Apart from reducing the congestion, this Bridge will be a tourist

attraction because it is located along the beach. The government will

ensure that road infrastructures are safeguarded. I thank our experts

from the Ministry and TANROADS for completing the construction of this

Bridge, what is now needed is to protect it,” he stated.


On his part, The Chief Executive Officer of the TANROADS, Eng Rogatus

Mativila, said feasibility study was done by the Kyong Dong

Engineering, a Korean company, from May 2014 to November 2014.


The feasibility study was followed by the detailed engineering design

which was done by the Yushin Engineeing Corporation, also from the

Republic of South Korea.


The Korean GS Engineering Company constructed the Bridge at a cost of

243.7 billion Tanzanian Shillings. The construction was completed in

December last year and the Bridge started being used from February 1,

this year.


According to a survey done in 2017, the number of cars passing on Ali

Hassan Mwinyi road was estimated at 52,000 daily.


Due to the rapid growth of Dar es Salaam city and increased

population, the government decided to build the 1.03-kilometre

Tanzanite Bridge.


The plan to construct the bridge was also stipulated in the 2015 CCM

Election Manifesto.


Eng Mativila said construction of the bridge was implemented by the

government on soft loan from the Exim Bank. The loan agreement was

signed in September 2015.


The Bridge has four lanes, two lanes on each side connected to the

approach roads of Kenyatta drive and Barack Obama.


The Bridge will be under contractor’s supervision for three years,

according to the contract.


Korean Ambassador to Tanzania, commended all people who participated

in the construction of the Bridge, particularly he congratulated

President Samia for ensuring that the construction is completed.


“The Bridge is a symbol of development and achievements of Tanzania.

It is a symbol of cooperation between Tanzania and Korea,” he



He added that the Bridge would help in reducing traffic jam and ease

transportation of people and goods.