President of Tanzania Dr John Joseph Magufuli kicked off construction of the Mbinga – Mbamba Bay Road Project by laying the foundation stone in a ceremony on 7 April 2019. SMEC, a global consulting engineering company with offices across Africa including a major presence in South Africa, is providing construction supervision on the project.
Located in the Southern part of Tanzania, the Mbinga – Mbamba Bay Road project involves upgrading 67km of road to bitumen standard. It is part of the Mtwara Development Corridor Road Project which will link the Indian Ocean in the Mtwara region with Lake Nyasa on the Mbamba Bay side.
Upon completion, this road will support economic growth by facilitating movement of people and agricultural products from neighbouring areas to market centres in the region, as well as enabling interstate trade between Tanzania and its neighbouring countries Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
The President expressed his satisfaction with the overall progress of the project and asked that all partners ensure the project is completed on time within budget.
The project is expected to be completed in January 2021.