Arusha, Tanzania – Construction of the multinational Tanzania – Uganda Road Project is set to take off after conclusion of a feasibility study and detailed engineering design funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) under the NEPAD-IPPF facility.
The designs, done by M/S LEA International Limited from Canada in a joint venture with LEA Associates Asia Pvt Ltd from India, covered 89.5 kilometers of the Masaka to Mutukula road section in Uganda; a 30 km section from Mutukula to Kyaka linking to a 133 km Tanzania section from Bugene to Kumunazi via Kasulo.
Speaking during the handover ceremony of the designs report, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Planning and Infrastructure, Eng. Steven Mlote thanked AfDB for the financial support that had enabled EAC to undertake the feasibility study and design of the multi-million-dollar road project.
According to Eng. Mlote, the purpose of multinational road network is to facilitate the development of regional road transport market in the East African region.
He disclosed that the EAC Secretariat will now focus on mobilization of funds to construct the road, as well as cooperation with other regional, continental and global efforts to improve road transport services and safety.
The EAC official also said that the detailed designs of the 400 km long Malindi – Lunga Lunga and Tanga – Bagamoyo road between Kenya and Tanzania have been completed and the AfDB has agreed to finance the project at the cost of US$322 million.
Africa Tembelea also understands that the detailed designs of the 250 km Nyakanazi – Kasulu – Manyovu road in Tanzania which links to the 78 km Rumonge – Bujumbura road in Burundi; and the 92 km Lusahunga – Rusumo road in Tanzania linking to the 70 km Kayonza – Kigali road in Rwanda have also been completed.