Lorries thundering down 'Hell-Run', the notoriously rough Zambia-Tanzania highway, now pass great activity alongside the road.
Lorries thundering down 'Hell-Run', the notoriously rough Zambia-Tanzania highway, now pass great activity alongside the road. Bridges are being built, ground levelled and cuts made through mountain passes, as a new road is constructed alongside. It will improve the vital link between the Zambian copper belt and the coast at Dar es Salaam.
In October this year, construction is expected to start on another communications link between Zambia and Tanzania, the TanZam railway, finance for which has been loaned by the Chinese People's Republic.
A scandinavian consortium and the World Bank are reported to be financing the new highway, but until it is finished some-time next years, the green lorries of the Zambia-Tanzania road services will have to negotiate the "Hell-Run", a 1,000-mile, dusty, pitted, four-day haul from Dar Es Salaam to Ndola, on the Zambian copper-belt.
The convoys have to negotiate gorges mountain ranges, dusty pains, children and animals in the road. The go over temporary bridges and along tortuous detours, through forest, scrub and town.
An American construction company has been awarded the first building contract on the new highway, a 140-mile (225 KM) stretch from Tunduma, on the Zambian border, to a point about 60 miles (96 KM) east of Mbeya, in the Tanzanian southern highlands.