October 15, 2015
Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) and Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co.,Ltd. (SMCC) signed a contract on 15th October, 2015 concerning the project for Improvement of Tazara Intersection which will mark the construction of the first Flyover in Tanzania under the framework of the grant aid project supported by JICA.
JICA, as well as all stakeholders including every resident of Dar es Salaam and all over Tanzania, have eagerly been waiting for this moment.
Traffic congestion in Dar es Salaam is recognized as a severe problem in Tanzania. According to estimates of the National Bureau Statistics, a total of Tsh. 411.55 billion was lost in the year 2013 due to this congestion.
The Government of Japan, through JICA, has more than a 30-year-history of supporting the improvement of transport infrastructure in Dar es Salaam, starting from the construction of Selander Bridge in 1980.
The construction work of the Tazara Intersection Project will start soon and the fly-over is expected to be completed in October 2018. The project has two values; firstly, this is the key for the easing of traffic congestion in Dar es Salaam; secondly, this is the first fly-over in Tanzania.
JICA hopes that the memorable Tazara fly-over will become a long-lasting symbol in opening a new era of Tanzania – Japan partnership and friendship. It will contribute to better life of the citizens of Dar es Salaam, and for the economic growth of not only Tanzania but also of neighboring landlocked countries.
Being the key to easing traffic congestion in Dar es Salaam, which is the gateway city to the Central Corridor and the Dar es Salaam Corridor, the importance of the Tazara fly-over will be enhanced even further in the context of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) which will be held next year in Nairobi, Kenya.
Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd. SMCC is a prominent company excelling in many land-mark transport infrastructure projects in Asia implemented under the financing of ODA Yen Loans as well as Grant Aid by JICA. Their projects in Vietnam were implemented with Speed, Beauty, and with the Safety considerations similar to those which can be seen in Japan.
With the strong commitment of TANROADS, the Ministry of Works, and all related ministries and agencies, JICA expects that SMCC will perform the works with Speed, Beauty and Safety at high standards. And JICA remains committed to supporting all stakeholders until the day of project completion.
Location Map of Tazara Intersection
Completion Image of Tazara Flyover
The Contract was signed by Mr. Ichiro AOKI, General Manager, Civil Work Marketing Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd.(front left) and Eng. Patrick A. Mfugale, Chief Executive, TANROADS (front right) and was witnessed by Mr. Toshio NAGASE, Chief Representative (2nd row, extreme right), Mr. Masaharu YOSHIDA, Japanese Ambassador to Tanzania (2nd row, second from right), Hon. Dr. John Pombe MAGUFULI, Minister for Works (2nd row, third from right), Mr. Said Meck Sadiki, Regional Commissioner for Dar es Salaam (2nd row, fourth from right) and Eng. Joseph Nyamhanga, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, (2nd line, extreme left)