Deal signed for new Tanzanian bridge

Patrick Mfugale, CEO of the Tanzania Roads Agency.

Tanzania has signed a deal with two Chinese groups -- China Civil Engineering Construction and China Railway 15th Bureau -- for the construction of a 3.2km bridge over parts of Lake Victoria.

The bridge will connect the Kigongo and Busisi areas in Mwanza region, and help to link Tanzania to Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi via road.

Currently, vehicles take about three hours to cross to either side of the lake via a ferry — two hours in a queue to get onto the ferry and another hour to get to the other side.

"The bridge will reduce transport time and facilitate trade among countries in the region," said Patrick Mfugale, CEO of the Tanzania Roads Agency. He did not say when construction would start.


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