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Sensitization on traffic management during DART phase II construction recommended


While infrastructure development of the Dar Rapid Transit (DART) phase II along Kilwa Road is underway, the key stakeholders of DART project have stressed the importance of executing public information especially when construction of roadworks commences on Kilwa road as some lanes will have to be closed to pave way for construction activities.

They pointed out that as Kilwa road is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city, obstruction of traffic flow due to a closure of such a road during construction of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) infrastructure may result into a chaos and complaints from road users.

Presenting the monthly progress report for January 2020 on DART phase II infrastructure development Lot 1 that deals mainly with construction of roads of 20.3 kilometers length, two flyovers, and bus stations along Kilwa road, Acting Resident Engineer from BOTEK Bosphorus Technical Consulting Corporation in association with Apex Engineering Corporation Ltd, a supervising consulting firm, Eng. Richard Mushi directed the contractor to communicate any change of traffic flow during construction to avoid unnecessary complaints from the public.

Eng. Mushi highlighted the fact that there is no enough space along Kilwa road to divert a path for daily traffic flow during construction.

He said: “It is impossible to close one lane in the highway and divert traffic away from the road. Because of lack of space, we would recommend to the contractor to make announcements of traffic flow change through different media including TV, radio, public announcement system and social media platforms.”

The stakeholders during the meeting also recommended that the contractor should construct the closed road section as fast as possible in order not to prolong traffic jams that may be caused by a road closure.

The meeting to review the progress report for the month of January 2020 that was attended by participants from Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS), DART Agency, BOTEK Bosphorus Technical Consulting Corporation in association with APEX Engineering Corporation Ltd (supervising consultant), SINOHYDRO Corporation Ltd (contractor), and TYPSA/CTC (environ and social expert), was conducted at the contractor’s site office at Mbagala on February 04, 2020.