The new bridge connecting the two sides of Wami River in Coastal Region is now operational, solving nearly seven decades of motorists’ headaches.
It has also been commissioned rather late, in October 2022, some three months overdue from the initially set, inauguration date of July.
Minister of Works and Transport, Prof Makame Mbarawa says vehicles can still be using the new bridge as final touches are being made to the same.
Still, the bridge is working perfectly, at least, as experienced during the first day of vehicles’ crossing.
The new Wami Bridge lies along the A14 road highway mapped between Chalinze and Segera junctions.
It is located a stone-throw away from the old bridge which now lies slightly lower from the new infrastructure.
The new Wami Bridge should now be solving the problems that have been affecting vehicles crossing that road section for nearly 64 years now.
Across the bridge … No more sorrows
Wami River Bridge is an important link connecting the Northern Zone regions with the Coastal Precincts, including Dar-es-salaam as well as central regions like Morogoro.
The older bridge, which was commissioned in 1959, two years before independence was comparatively narrow.
In fact, the old crossing area used to be a regular scene of accidents at Wami, as two vehicles from opposite directions couldn’t cross it at the same time.
Now the length of the new bridge is 513 meters while its width expands at 11.5 meters.
Having been completed the new bridge which is now placed slightly higher than the older crossing, straightens the road eliminating steep hills on either sides of the road.
It looks like the distance has also been reduced by a few meters as well.
The Wami Bridge construction project is being undertaken by the Chinese Contractor firm, known as Power Construction Corporation Limited.
The New Wami Bridge should have been opened in July 2022 but by October, some final touches were still being made