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Kigumba-Masindi-Hima road to be upgraded to tarmac

By Vision Reporter

Added 10th June 2013 09:23 AM

The 135 km Kigumba-Masindi-Hima-Kabwoya road is set to be upgraded from gravel to bitumen standard by the end of this year. Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) recently initiated the procurement process for the road works.

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The 135 km Kigumba-Masindi-Hima-Kabwoya road is set to be upgraded from gravel to bitumen standard by the end of this year. Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) recently initiated the procurement process for the road works.

By Billy Rwothungeyo

The 135 km Kigumba-Masindi-Hima-Kabwoya road is set to be upgraded from gravel to bitumen standard by the end of this year. Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) recently initiated the procurement process for the road works.

The upgrade will be divided into two lots. Lot One comprises the upgrading of the Kigumba-Bulima road (69km), starting from Kigumba which is located approximately 210km from Kampala along the Kampala-Hoima highway. The road traverses the districts of Kiryadongo and Masindi.

Works on the Bulima-Kabwoya road (66km) will form Lot Two of the project.

“The road works shall comprise upgrading the existing Class B gravel road to Class II bitumen standard 7.0m wide carriageway and 1.5 to 2.0m wide shoulders on either side, with a gravel sub-base, graded crushed stone base and double bituminous surface treatment,” Dan Alinange, the roads authority’s head of corporate communications told New Vision.

The works will be funded through a loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and will cost about $150m, though the procurement process could alter its cost. The upgrade falls under The Road Sector Support Programme (RSSP4). It is co-financed by the Government, and various development partners including the AfDB. A number of roads are being constructed under RSSP4 including Nyakahita-Kazo and Kazo-Kamwenge roads.

Compensation of persons to be affected by this project is expected to commence in August.

Bombo expressway
Meanwhile, UNRA has also started the procurement process for consultancy services for feasibility study and detailed engineering design of the Kampala-Bombo expressway.

It is hoped that the expressway will ease the pressure on the Kampala-Bombo highway.
The contract will be awarded in November.

 

Kigumba-Masindi-Hima road to be upgraded to tarmac

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