Kampala. President Museveni is launching the construction of a flyover at Clock Tower today in an effort to deal with traffic congestion on Entebbe Road.
The project is estimated to cost Shs224b 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.
According to the project design, the Clock Tower flyover will be half a kilometre long. The road from Shoprite at Queen’s Way towards Katwe side will be widened to have more lanes and the redesign will cover half a kilometre.
The contractors will also improve Nsambya Road, Mukwano Road and part of Ggaba Road.
Unlike in the previous construction project, the Uganda National Roads Authority (Unra),has already acquired 65 per cent of the land on which the flyover is to be constructed.
The Executive Director of Unra, Ms Allen Kagina, said earlier that the acquisition of the land will enable the projects to be completed on time.
The deputy spokesman of Unra, Mr Allan Ssempebwa, said: “We have a competent contractor and supervision team. So we expect to have it completed on time.”
The flyover will be constructed by Shimizu-Konoike JK and it has already mobilised resources to commence the project.
During the time of construction, traffic disruption in the area is expected to increase and new diversions are to be improvised to avoid congestion.
The construction of the flyover on Entebbe Road serves a purpose of reducing congestion on a route which as the second highest traffic jam in the country after Jinja Road.
The second flyover phase meant to reduce traffic jam will be on Jinja Road near the Centenary Park and Wampewo Roundabout. The JICA will also fund it. The tendering of the design for the second phase will be announced next year.
The Japanese government has stepped up investment in road sector. It helped in financing of the construction of the new bridge on River Nile in Jinja Town.
Traffic jam in the city has increased to the extent that motorists who reside 30kms away from the city spend more than two hours to reach their workplace, especially in the morning.
World Bank estimates show that traffic congestion costs the country more than Shs2.8 trillion annually.
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.