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New Bridge in Tanzania Opens to Traffic

Updated: April 13, 2022

The New Selander Sea-crossing Bridge in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, opened to traffic on March 24.

The bridge was jointly built by China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group and China Railway Seventh Group, both subsidiaries of China Railway Group Limited (CREC), over a construction period of three years.

The project included the 670-meter main bridge, two approach bridges and 6-kilometer approach roads.


A view on the New Selander Sea-crossing Bridge in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania [Photo/sasac.gov.cn]

The five-tower bridge combines features of a prestressed concrete box girder bridge and a cable-stayed bridge.

The shape of the main bridge was designed based on the pattern of the country's national emblem, with the middle tower peaking as the torch and the side towers as two hands lifting the torch, symbolizing freedom and peace.

During construction, more than 850 jobs were provided for local people.

Upon operation, the bridge is expected to relieve traffic conditions in Dar es Salaam and shorten travel time in and out of the city. It will also play a role in boosting the city's economic growth.

(Executive editor: Niu Yilin)