President Museveni on Wednesday flagged off construction works for Kampala flyover project at Clock tower in Kampala. the project among others seeks to deal with traffic congestion on Entebbe Road.
The 3.5 kilometer project commences 500 meters south of Clock Tower Junction, through Clock Tower Junction and along Mukwano Road to Kitgum House Junction and east onto Jinja Road which it follows to end 250m east of Hotel Africana Junction.
The project is estimated to cost Ugx. 224b and the Uganda government is working with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to execute the project. The flyover project is expected to be completed in 36 months. Construction of the fly-over starts next month. the Loan attracts an annual interest rate of 0.01%.
This comes with a repayment period of 40 years including 10 years of grace period for the financing of the Project. JICA will finance the cost of construction works and supervision consultants for the Project. Whereas UNRA will be responsible for managing overall construction supervision, KCCA will second key staff during construction, who will after completion will be responsible for operation and maintenance.
The scope of works of the Project include the construction of bridges (flyovers or sky roads), widening and improving existing roads, signalization of roundabouts and construction of an underpass (tunnel)
The Kampala flyover will feed traffic into projects within Kampala including Bus Rapid Transit pilot Project, Kibuye-Busega-Mpigi Expressway, Kampala-Jinja Expressway, Kampala-Entebbe Expressway, Nakasero – Northern Urban Expressway (VVIP Expressway) and Kampala Northern by Pass
The project will also create an urban freeway by-passing the city centre to enhance east-west corridor transit
while addressing the people of Kampala after ground breaking of the project, president Museveni said ‘ ‘ I will not acknowledge presence of Kampala MPs because you don’t have MPs. They are not even here’’
Speaking at the ceremony, minister for works Hon. Azuba said: ‘ ‘Dualling of strategic roads, upgrading of roads to paved standard, capacity improvement of several junctions with a traffic control centre, coordinating the overall performance of the city road network will provide infrastructure for efficient traffic flow.’’
Kafumbe Road. Roads connected to Kafumbe-Mukasa Roads will be closed. Traffic will be diverted from Kafumbe-Mukasa Road to Kisenyi Road.
Entebbe Road. Traffic from the city centre to Entebbe will flow normally at Queen’s Way. Motorists from Entebbe to the city will be diverted at Zzana Roundabout, Stella-Najjanankumbi to Namasuba junction and Kibuye Roundabout.
Mengo Hill. Mengo Hill will be closed to the public and traffic will be diverted to Kisenyi and Kibuye Roundabout.