Bariadi. The construction work of a road that connects Shinyanga and Mara regions via the newly promoted Simiyu Region was proceeding on schedule with over 50 per cent reportedly finished.
The 71-kilometre portion of 175-kilometre road that starts at Mwigumbi in Shinyanga, connecting with Mwanza-Musoma highway, has over a half being completed by this month.
The project was scheduled to be completed early next year.
The rainy season, which lasted for three months in the entire Lake Zone region, didn’t affect much the construction progress despite causing damage to some parts of the road, noted the project manager, Mr Wang Lizhi, whose China Communications Construction Company is implementing the project.
“We are working steadily hard to ensure that the project is completed on time,” said the Chinese engineer.
President Jakaya Kikwete laid a foundation stone for the road on November 27, 2013, but the ongoing torrential rains have to some extent slackened the pace of the work.
“We are trying to push development to our best level but the ongoing downpour in the area is one of our major obstacles,” said Mr Lizhi.
Despite acknowledging that the challenges were likely especially for such a 71.8km big project which costs Sh50.9bn, he was optimistic that his company will meet the deadline.
According to Mr Lizhi, three bridges along the road; Bariadi, Bariadi Ndogo and Duma, will be completed next year. The construction of the three bridges will cost Sh5.9 billion, he said.