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New roads in Tanzania now to be surfaced with eco-friendly building materials

Tanzania is contemplating to switch on Geo-polymer concrete, the innovative and eco-friendly construction material to build the country roads in future.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency, Engineer Victor Seif revealed in Dodoma that the agency desires to soon start testing the application of alternative and environment-friendly road surface materials.

As it happens, the agency is applying technological trials enabling the firm to make use of building materials available right at the site, instead of moving earth from one place to another.

Somehow the Agency also plans to embark onto Eco-Roads, technology the multi-enzyme road base construction and soil stabilization product that helps increase the strength, density and durability of roads using only the earth at the site.

Meanwhile the Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency plans to repair over 21,000 kilometers of the country’s road networks, a project to be realized within the current fiscal year’s timeframe.

Through the project, TARURA will also be rolling out a new stretch of tarmac road measuring more than 427 kilometers of the bitumen surface.

The official said the agency has received funds amounting to 1859 billion/- from the government, for its envisaged budget that will entail construction of new roads and the rehabilitation of old roads infrastructure across the nation.

The Chief Executive Officer of TARURA revealed that other than roads, the agency will also be constructing over 855 new bridges on the Tanzanian mainland, in addition to repairing more than 70 kilometers of the drainage system.

Until March 2023 the Agency had already constructed more than 163 concrete bridges at the cost of 8.7 billion/-.

The new concrete bridges were built in Kigoma, where there are 92 bridges, Singida with 24 bridges and Iringa where there are 15 bridges.

Others can be found in Kilimanjaro (10), Arusha (6), Mbeya (2), Rukwa (3), Ruvuma (3), Morogoro (2), and Coast Region (1).

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