The tender for the construction of the Kampala-Jinja Expressway will be advertised next month, UNRA''s Dan Alinange says.
By Billy Rwothungeyo
The tender for the construction of the Kampala-Jinja Expressway will be advertised next month, Dan Alinange, the head of corporate communications at the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has revealed.
“We are hoping to do this project under the Public Private Partnership arrangement. We also hope to include the Kampala Southern bypass which will connect with the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway at Munyonyo,” he said in an interview with the New Vision.
The International Finance Cooperation, a transactional advisor, is helping the roads agency in such a way that it is a viable Public Private Partnership (PPP).
The Kampala-Jinja Expressway is part of UNRA’s grand plan to improve the traffic flow in and around Kampala city.
The other major expressways in the works are the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway, Kampala-Mpigi Expressway, Kampala-Bombo Expressway, and the Kampala-Southern Bypass.
An artist's impression of the Kampala-Jinja Expressway. (Credit: UNRA)
According to UNRA, the project will be a new alignment south of the existing Kampala-Jinja road traversing Bukasa, Namanve, Namataba and it will incorporate four lanes either direction from Nakawa to Kyambogo and two lanes thereafter to Jinja.
It is estimated that the civil works implementation shall be in the region of $800m.
This road is expected to relieve the pressure on the on the vital Northern Corridor route—at least from Jinja to Kampala that is integral to Uganda, and neighboring countries like Rwanda and DR Congo.
All goods passing from the port of Mombasa using road come to Kampala via the northern corridor.
Kampala-Jinja Expressway tender due to be advertised