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New Wami Bridge Gets Commissioned

Wami Bridge, is the place where sleeping passengers would jerk awake anticipating the worse, but a new bridge now replaces the old, dangerous one

The new bridge which has just been commissioned at Wami

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.

The new Wami Bridge is more than 90 percent complete

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.

Commissioning of the old Wami Bridge in 1959

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.

A bird’s eye view of the old wami.

The New Wami Bridge should have been opened in July 2022 but by October, some final touches were still being made

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