4 January 2013

Uganda: New Nile Bridge Construction Pushed to April

Construction of the new Nile bridge in Jinja has been pushed to April this year, following procurement delays.

Work had been set to start this month. The new bridge would ease pressure on the aging Owen falls Dam bridge. The Japanese government offered Shs120bn for the construction work at the site in Jinja. The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) regional station engineer, Steven Kisubi, said four companies had been pre-selected to bid for the construction work and would soon tender bids.

"The bids submission is to end on 19th this January and we shall need some three months for evaluation; therefore, we expect the work to start either in April or early May," Kisubi said.

He said UNRA also planned to rehabilitate all roads in Busoga sub-region by March.

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