The new bridge would be the alternative to the current Salender Bridge structure.
Speaking during a get together organised by the South Korean Embassy in Dar es Salaam, the Minister for Works, Dr John Magufuli, said the new bridge and road on either side will be 7.2km long with capacity to accommodate 61,000 passing vehicles per day.
The construction of the bridge will start this year and conclusive talks of the agreement will be held next week. The bridge will have four car ways and pedestrian paths on either side.
Both the new and old bridges will be used by Dar es Salaam residents concurrently. South Korea’s Ambassador to Tanzania Chung Il said his government had agreed to release a loan facility with the aim of setting off the construction of the bridge, which will pass through the ocean on the side of the current old structure.
It will start from Coco Beach (Oysterbay) through Aga Khan Hospital (Ocean Road/ Baraka Obama Road). Ambassador Chung Il said that the loan, with less stringent conditions, would be released due to the good relationship existing between Tanzania and South Korea.
Dr Magufuli thanked the South Korea government for accepting to fund the bridge project. Dr Magufuli also said that South Korea had also funded the Kikwete Bridge on river Malagarasi and construction of 48 km of road in Kigoma.
Salender Bridge connects the city centre to the northern Oyster Bay neighbourhood. It was constructed in 1929 and is named after John Einar Salender, Tanganyika’s first Director of Public Works.