Government gets Shs38b grant for Northern Bypass upgrade

Thursday September 26 2013

By SOLOMON ARINAITWE

Kampala

The European Union has given a 112m pounds (about Shs38b) grant to the Uganda government to facilitate the widening of the 21km Northern Bypass and kick start the construction of the Mbarara Bypass.

According to the architectural designs, the Northern Bypass will be upgraded to a four-lane dual carriageway and the existing five roundabouts replaced with grade separated junctions to offset the increasing traffic congestion within the city.

Works officials estimate that currently, only 3.5km of the Northern Bypass is dual carriageway. The affected roundabouts will include Nansana, Kalerwe, Kisaasi, Ntinda and Busega.

In Mbarara, a 14km bypass will be constructed from the Coca-Cola plant while another 21km will be rehabilitated along the Mbarara-Kabale highway, extending towards Ntungamo Town. Both projects are estimated to commence in the first quarter of next financial year.

Speaking at the signing of the agreement in Kampala yesterday, Works minister Abraham Byandala said he will ensure that the money is put to good use. “I want to assure you that the money you are giving us will be put to good use. There will be value for money and we shall not accept sub-standard work,” Mr Byandala said. According to the minister, Shs8b was spent on compensation of residents along the Northern Bypass while another Shs55b will be spent on compensating those who will be affected by the Mbarara Bypass.

Features
-Four lane carriage way
-Grade separated junctions
-Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) rest areas
-Central Reserve Safety Barriers
-Segregated facilities for cyclists and pedestrians
-Improved lighting
-Action road studs
-Pedestrian footbridges
-Noise barriers at residential areas
-Design speed 70-100km/hr
-Number of lanes 4
-Lane width 4-6m
-Pavement thickness 53mm
-Number of interchanges 5

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