UGANDA, Kampala | Real Muloodi News | The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Executive Director, Allen Kagina, recently visited the Lot 1 Kampala flyover project construction site, which is steadily progressing. She learned that the Kampala Flyover 1st phase has reached 26 per cent success, and completion is expected in December 2022.
The project began 3 months ago, but has weathered a few setbacks, including the COVID-19 pandemic. World lockdowns hampered the importation of critical project equipment. Other factors that slowed construction include land acquisition and inclement weather.
Kagina said that several contracted staff got infected with the virus, which slowed the project operations. However, COVID-19 vaccinations of most of the team helped the construction project to continue.
With Kampala City traffic on a steady rise and straining the existing road capacity, the Kampala Flyover Project hopes to ease the city’s heavy vehicular and pedestrian gridlock.
Lot 1 of the project includes the following;
- Three pedestrian bridges
- A new clock tower square
- Junction improvements in five locations
- General road widening and improvements
- Tower flyover
- Four-lane Nsambya Underpass
- A new modern clock
Kampala Flyover Road Project
Kampala Flyover Road is an infrastructure improvement in the central division of Kampala. It’s estimated to have a length of 3.508 km. This project is under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), whose purpose is to improve roads in Kampala.
The flyover road project aims to improve the traffic for non-motorized transportation. It also aims at enhancing interfacing roads and junctions. It involves two flyovers at Kitgum House and Clock Towers intersection and widening of Mukwano road.
The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) are working together to implement the Kampala flyover road project, along with Along with project contractors like Shimizu Konoike JV.
The promotion of local construction capacity to implement the Kampala Flyover project is a UNRA priority, with 546 Ugandans (97.5%) 14 expatriates (2.5%) involved. These local contractors are currently undergoing skills development and can participate in the national road development program.
“We have ensured that where there is an expatriate manager on the project, an Ugandan deputises him/her. This will ensure that there is a transfer of skills, and will go a long way in building our local technical capacity for such complex projects,” remarked Eng Sam Muhoozi, Director, Roads & Bridges Development.
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