26 November 2012

Uganda: Govt Starts U.S.$476 Million Highway

Kampala — The construction of the long awaited Kampala-Entebbe Expressway, a four-lane dual- carriage toll-road linking Kampala to Entebbe Airport, commenced after it was commissioned early last week.

Launching the works in Kyengera (10 km southwest of Kampala city) Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni applauded the Chinese Government for its continued support especially in the infrastructure industry.

"The $ 476million (Ushs 1.19 trillion) is co financed by the Exim Bank of China and the Government of Uganda, the largest grant from the Chinese government which will work to promote trade and industry," hailed the President adding that the highway will contribute to decongestion of the existing Kampala-Entebbe route.

The loan is repayable over a 40-year period, at a 2% annual interest while the Government contributes sh324b, in addition to $40m (about sh103b) to compensate land owners living along the route of the proposed highway.

The 51-km highway will also connect to Munyonyo, a prominent Kampala suburb, located on the shores of Lake Victoria.

'The road will have 15 overpass bridges, 15 underpass bridges, two swampy crossing bridges and three interchanges at Busega, Kajjansi and Abayita Ababiri along Entebbe road," said Abraham Byandala Minister of Works and Transport.

"The road will help catalyze local development and speed movement of transit to the Airport," he added. Entebbe road is currently one of the most congested roads in Uganda. The contract was awarded to China Communication Construction Company, which also constructed the Soroti-Lira Road.

Meanwhile, the government has also completed plans to upgrade the Masaka-Bukakata road in central Uganda.

The road will link the hinterland to the Ssese highlands in Lake Victoria, renowned for agriculture, fishing and tourism.

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