KAMPALA. Motorists using Entebbe highway should again brace themselves for traffic interruption as presidents of South Korea and Turkey visit the country from today until Wednesday.
South Korean president Park Geun-hye is expected in the country today to strengthen bilateral ties in the region. The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is also expected to arrive on May 31 as he creates links with African countries.
The police traffic director, Dr Steven Kasiima, said during that period when convoys of the foreign dignitaries are on the airport highway, motorists will be required to leave the road for between one hour and two hours.
“Motorists who use this highway regularly are advised to use alternative routes to avoid traffic disruptions during the days mentioned above,” Dr Kasiima said.
The alternative roads are: Kisubi-Ssisa-Nateete; Lweza-Seguku-Bunamwaya- Kitebi-Wankulukuku-Kabuusu-Rubaga; Makindye-Busabala-Kigo road-Kajjansi Airfield Road-Lutembe Junction; Zana-Nyanama –Ndeeba; and Lutembe Junction-Kajjansi Airfield Road-Kigo road-Ndejje road-Namasuba.
Entebbe highway is the major road to the only international airport in the country and has the second highest traffic flow after Jinja Road with estimated 264,000 passengers per day, according to pre-feasibility study for the development of a long term integrated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system for greater Kampala Metropolitan Area.
“Motorists heading to Entebbe International Airport should plan their journeys well in time to avoid inconveniences,” Dr Kasiima said.
As was the case during the May 12 presidential swearing-in, fuel tankers on Entebbe highway will also this time operate only at night and under police escort.
Trucks will also not be allowed on Entebbe highway during the period of the visit.
South Korean president Park Geun-hye is expected to visit National Farmers Leadership Centre in Kampiringisa, Mpigi District.
Dr Kasiima said fuel tankers and any other truck on Kampala-Masaka highway will not be allowed on the road on Monday between 7am and 2pm.