UNRA announces traffic diversion along Kampala-Masaka highway

UNRA announces traffic diversion along Kampala-Masaka highway
Kampala-Masaka highway.

The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has announced planned traffic diversion along Kampala-Masaka highway to facilitate construction of an interchange at Mpigi.

According to a notice issued on Monday by UNRA, works on the interchange are scheduled to commence on January 29, 2024.

“In line with our commitment to enhancing transportation infrastructure, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) wishes to inform the general public about the planned construction of an interchange along the Busega—Mpigi Expressway alignment.” UNRA said in its statement.

The construction of the interchange, is part of the 35Km Busega-Mpigi Expressway project.

To facilitate works on the interchange, UNRA says motorists heading to Masaka, Lyantonde, Mbarara, and beyond will be redirected at Total Petrol Station in Mpigi to Mpigi Town round about, rejoining Masaka Highway at Kalagala (3.5 km), and vice versa for motorists heading towards Kampala.

“Preparations for the traffic diversion, including directional signage and safety measures, have been undertaken to minimize inconvenience and ensure smooth traffic flow during the construction period, expected to be completed in eight months.” UNRA noted.

Ahead of the construction works,

the roads’ body urged all road users to exercise caution, adhere to traffic signs, and follow the guidance of traffic management personnel on the ground during the construction period.

The 35Km Mpigi - Busega Expressway project was in 2016, contracted to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation in Joint Venture with China Railway 19th Bureau Group (U) Ltd at a contract sum of Shs547.5 billion.

The project was supposed to be completed in three years (by 2021).

However, UNRA ED, Allen Kagina, last year attributed the delays to geological and technical issues.

“The original alignment was going to affect the railroad. You know the Kampala-Kasese road also passes here and also Ugandans had built a lot on the dry ground so passing an expressway in these areas was going to affect the settlements. So we shifted onto the edge of the swamp,” Kagina explained.

Upon completion, Busega-Mpigi Expressway is expected to ease traffic flow on the Northern Corridor linking Mombasa Port to DRC, Rwanda and Burundi through Uganda.

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