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Work starts soon on new Arusha-Holili to Taveta-Voi road project

Arusha, Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania has started on the construction work on the long-awaited Arusha-Holili/ Taveta-Voi road project which will link it with neighboring Kenya.

Tanzania will build a four-lane road from Arusha city center to Tengeru township—a distance of about 14.2 kilometers.

"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.

             

 

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