(Xinhua) -- Tanzania has started on
the construction work on the long-awaited Arusha-Holili/
Taveta-Voi road project which will link it with neighboring
Tanzania will build a four-lane road from Arusha
city center to Tengeru township—a distance of about 14.2
"This is part of the implementation of the East African
regional project, which on Tanzanian side is to be
implemented in two phases," said Deusdedit Kakoko, senior
official of the Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroads).
"In this first phase, we are starting with construction
of this four-lane way from Sakina suburb to Tengeru township
along the busiest Arusha-Moshi highway," he added.
He said the four-lane upgrading project will be completed in
16 months, hence by October next year.
Tanroads Acting Regional Manager, Ngeleja Joshua, said
the four- lane road will give a room for the construction of
the Arusha- bypass road section.
Joshua said that the four-lane construction is expected
to cost nearly 70 million U.S. dollars.
Once completed, the regional road project can ease
traffic jam in the booming city of Arusha, he said.
"We have started with this section of the road because
people living on the proposed Arusha-bypass road are yet to
be compensated," he added.
Joshua said that the Tanzanian government is to allocate
more than 10 million U.S. dollars for compensating people
living on the bypass road.
The second phase will involve construction of a road section
from Tengeru to Usa River area which is about 8.1 km, and
thereafter rehabilitation of Usa River-Holili road (93.9 km) as
well as the construction of the road to Kilimanjaro
International Airport (5.8 km), he said.
The whole project aims to improve road connectivity between
Tanzania and Kenya as part of the East African road network.
The entire Arusha-Holili/Taveta-Voi road project is estimated
to cost 560 million U.S. dollars.