The President says after working on major roads in the countryside, it was now time to come to the city centre.
President Yoweri Museveni launching the project. Photo by Maria Wamala
The project is aimed at reducing traffic congestion in the central business district and city suburbs by re-aligning traffic flow in and out of the city.
UNRA boss Allen Kagina shows the President the artistic impression of the flyover
It will funded by a loan from the Japanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The first phase is to expect to cost sh300b.
The official ground breaking ceremony of the Kampala Flyover project was held at Nakivubo Blue Primary School by Museveni.
The construction of the Kampala Fly over will be financed through the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) who are extending an untied loan amount of Japanese Yen (JPY) 199.89 million at an annual interest rate of 0.01%.
This comes with a repayment period of 40 years including 10 years of grace period for the financing of the Project.
JICA will finance the cost of construction works and supervision consultants for the Project.
The primary alignment of the Project commences at a point about 500m to the south side of the Clock Tower Junction, passes through the Clock Tower Junction and along Mukwano Road to the Kitgum House Junction.
Japan's Ambassodor to Uganda, H.E Kazuaki Kamed said they have a firm commitment to support the growth of Uganda, through high infrastructure development.
Fred Jachan Omach, UNRA Board chairperson, noted that the rapidly increasing traffic within Kampala city has for many years been building up stress on the city’s road infrastructure. The situation has generally reached an intolerable state.
Omach added that the grand sky road will be the first of its kind of infrastructure in Kampala city and on its completion; it will mitigate traffic jam and improve mobility in the city.
In addition, the project will improve existing access to roads, signalization of roundabouts and construction of an underpass (tunnel) at Nsambya area.
The scope of works of the project work includes the construction of flyovers or sky roads at Clock Tower and Kitgum House, widening Mukwano Road and part of Queens’s Way.
Azuba Ntege, the Minister of Works noted that the Government and the people of Uganda are very grateful for the support of the Japanese people and Government.
Ntege added that Uganda still relies on its road network for the movement of over 90% of its goods and passenger traffic.