22 May 2019 works on Kampala flyover in Uganda has officially commenced 3 months after the commissioning of the project by President Yoweri Museveni. Shimizu-Konoike JV, project contractor has begun the first phase.

The Uganda National Roads Authority
, who will
implement the entire project together with Kampala Capital City Authority
, said
that the contractor started with preparatory works for redirection of both
motorists and pedestrian traffic along Entebbe Road and relocation of utility
lines from the target area.

Unra’s media relations officer Allan Ssempebwa
revealed that they have since signed a supervisory consultant for the project
which is being funded by the government of Uganda and that of Japan through its
overseas development agency, Japanese Integration Corporation Agency (JICA), at a cost of overn US $59m.

The construction work on this phase includes the
addition of lanes on a half-kilometre of road from Shoprite at Queen’s Way
towards Katwe side, improvement of Nsambya Road, Mukwano Road and part of Ggaba
Road, and lastly construction of the Clock Tower flyover which will be 500 m
long. All this work is expected to be complete by 2021.

Phase 2 of the project which will also be funded by
JICA at a cost of nearly US $175m, will begin after the completion of phase 1.
This phase will see the construction of flyovers at Kitgum round about on Jinja
Road near the Centenary Park and Wampewo Roundabout. The tendering of the
design for the second phase will be announced next year.

The project was conceived by JICA eight years ago
after commissioning studies to explore options for easing the hectic traffic
jams around the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area where motorists who live 30 km
away from the city spent more than two hours in traffic before reaching their
destination, especially during peak hours. The flyovers will also be connected
outwards to the proposed Kampala-Jinja and Kampala-Mpigi Expressways.


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