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Tanzania Roads

Tanzania roads networkRoad transport is the most widely used form of transport in Tanzania, carrying over 90% of the passengers and 75% of the freight traffic in the country.

The number of road passengers in Tanzania rose by 32%, from 8,750 in Q2 2015 to 11,546 in Q2 2016.

The road network in Tanzania currently comprises 86,472 km of roads, of which 12,786 km are trunk roads, 21,105 km are regional roads and the remaining 52,581 km are district, urban and feeder roads.

Tanzania’s Ministry of Works, Transport, and Communication through the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) is managing the national road network of about 33,891km, comprising 12,786 km of trunk and 21,105 km of regional roads.

The remaining network of about 53,460km of urban, district and feeder roads is under the responsibility of the Prime Minister’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PMO-RALG).

As of 2013, 19% of Tanzania’s national roads (6,439.29km) and 2% of its district roads (1,069.2km) are paved.

Tanzania Roads Development

At the end of 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved USD 346.38m to improve 500 km of roads across the country over the next 5 years.

The project will include improvements to bitumen standards of the Tabora-Koga-Mpanda road and the Mbinga-Mbamba Bay road.

This is expected to support the agriculture and tourism sectors in Tanzania and to accelerate the country’s economic growth.

According to Tanzania’s 2025 Development Vision, investments in infrastructure, particularly in the development of the road network, are the Government’s top priority.

For this, in 2016–2017 the government has budgeted TZS5.47t equivalent to 25.4% of the total budget excluding public debt service for infrastructure projects.