Arusha — THERE are serious plans to make the busy Sokoine Road in Arusha a one way street starting from Clock-Tower roundabout Junction all the way to Meru Post Office area.
"Starting from the Arusha Hotel, vehicles using the Sokoine (Uhuru) Road will only be travelling one way towards Meru Post Office and then join the main Dodoma Road," said the Arusha City Director, Ms Sipora Liana, while explaining the proposed roll-out for the new urban planning.
According to Ms Liana, Makongoro Road will also be turned into a one-way street and it will be channeling traffic from Wachagga Road, via the Central Bus Station and Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium, through to Mwenge Junction in Kaloleni, the Regional Police Headquarters all the way to the City Council premises where it will join Boma Road and again divert towards the Clock Tower.
Those are initial strategies to de-congest the city centre as the council works towards constructing bypass roads around the urban centre. The senior city official explained that the move will be taken in an effort to curb traffic jams in the city which suffers very few roads and streets in the backdrop of increasing number of people and cars in the urban precinct.
The 2012 National Population Census, whose results were tabled early this year, indicates that the city population was nearly 500,000 but during the day, additional 200,000 people from the surrounding districts, regions and even neighbouring country move within and around Arusha boosting the city residents' population to nearly a million.
The other steps being taken to combat congestions in the city centre is banning large commercial trucks from venturing within the business district and reviewing licences for the town passenger commuter vans that will be expected to embark on longer routes.
"Town buses from say Ngaramtoni will no longer stop in town but expected to proceed all the way to Njiro and vice-versa. Those from Monduli will also proceed to as far as Usa-River and those from Tengeru will be required to travel up to Ngaramtoni or Mbauda," said Ms Liana.