Masaka. The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has said it will construct a flyover at Kayirikiti junction on the Masaka–Mbarara bypass in Masaka Town to curb the rising number of accidents at the spot.
In an April 20 letter to Masaka District chairperson Joseph Kalungi, UNRA road maintenance manager Justin Ongom said the junction has already been declared a blackspot.
“UNRA intends to design a simple flyover at this location and implement the construction works as a supplement to the ongoing works on the Nyendo-Villa Maria-Sembabule road project,” Mr Ongom’s letter reads in part.
Mr Ongom adds that UNRA will also construct humps on Villa Maria road to limit speeding at the junction.
The stretch between Total highway and Kayirikiti junction on Nyendo-Masaka-Mbarara bypass has become a deathtrap and in a space of one month, nine people have been killed in separate accidents at the spot.
Mr Kalungi told Daily Monitor that constructing a flyover at Kayirikiti junction will go a long way in saving lives.
“But before that flyover is worked on, we want the humps to be constructed because they also help in reducing accidents,” he said.
Uganda is one of the African countries with the highest rate of road accidents and according to the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013, Uganda recorded 2,954 deaths in 2010.