Tarmacking of the 192km road from Gulu to Juba through Nimule has commenced. The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) and the Southern Sudan government.
The Louis Berger Group Inc, through its three sub-contractors, Eyat Roads and Bridges, Gulsan Insaat and ANT Insaat, under the Sudan Infrastructure Services Project (SISP), are implementing the project on behalf of the South Sudan’s ministry of transport and roads.
Inaugurated on Friday, last week by the Southern Sudan President, Salva Kiir, and US Consul General to Juba, Ambassador R. Barrie Walkley, the road will be a vital link between Uganda and Juba.
“The Juba-Nimule road is Southern Sudan’s highest priority road. It links Juba with Uganda, and is the most efficient route to the Port of Mombasa in Kenya,” Ambassador Walkley said on Friday.
The construction will be conducted in two phases, with the initial phase beginning with the construction of seven bridges at multiple locations on the route. On completion, the Juba-Nimule road will be the first such facility to be constructed in southern Sudan since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005.
Businesses between Southern Sudan and neighbouring countries are also likely to spring up.
An estimated travel time between Juba and Nimule will be reduced from eight hours to about two hours.
More than 20 buses use this road every day between Kampala and Juba.
Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Executive Director, Eng. Peter Ssebanakitta, said the construction of the Gulu-Atiak-Nimule section in Uganda was on schedule to commence in August 2011.