26 June 2014

Tanzania: Kitonga Stretch Listed As Accident Black Spot

Dodoma — KITONGA stretch in Iringa Region on the government list of accident black spots as it is working to find proper alternatives to increase safety on the road that crosses the mountain, the Deputy Minister for Works, Mr Gerson Lwenge has said.

He told the National Assembly that the government has got funds from the World Bank to conduct a feasibility study and come up with a proper remedy to challenges now faced in the area.

He was responding to a question by Prof Peter Msolwa (Kilolo-CCM) who wanted to know government plans in increasing reliability of the road along Kitonga Mountain.

Prof Msolwa proposed that the ministry consider the construction of an alternative route to connect Iringa with Kilombero.

He added that lack of an alternative road and unreliability of the road poses a threat of missing out on opportunities from landlocked neighbouring countries such as Zambia and Zimbabwe, who have been using the road to transport goods from Dar es Salaam port.

He pointed out that due to the narrowness of the road it has several times forced traffic to come to a halt when an accident occurs.

Mr Lwenge responded to the question by saying that the government through a WB sponsorship will evaluate the situation and seek proper remedy to the challenge.

"We may decide to expand the road into four from the current two lanes or resolve on the construction of an alternative road and in so doing we will put into consideration costs involved in either of the options," he said.

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