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Road works progress behind schedule

By Vision Reporter

Added 9th April 2007 03:00 AM

AS the deadline for the Kampala emergency road repairs has expired, none of the four contractors have completed all the roads under their mandate.

Road works progress behind schedule

AS the deadline for the Kampala emergency road repairs has expired, none of the four contractors have completed all the roads under their mandate.

By Joyce Namutebi

AS the deadline for the Kampala emergency road repairs has expired, none of the four contractors have completed all the roads under their mandate.

While Dott Services scored the highest, with 91% of their roads completed, Spencon scored the worst, with almost half of its work undone and two roads not even started on. Despite its poor performance, Spencon was given additional work.

Spencon, which was contracted to repair nine roads, mainly in Naguru and Ntinda, totalling almost 17km, had on overall performance of only 58%, according to the works ministry spokesperson, Susan Kataike. It was given additional work on Square Loop road, which was not in the initial contract.

James Nyamwera, a Spencon foreman The New Vision found in Naguru, put the completed work at about 50%. There was no explanation given for the delays.

According to the consultant report, Spencon had completed
30% of the drainage and 90% of the pavement on Naguru Avenue. On Mawanda Road, it had done 20% of the drainage and 80% of the pavement.
Other incomplete roads included Kira Road, Lugogo Bypass, Naguru and Ntinda roads.

The other three companies were also given new roads despite the fact that they had not yet finished the tasks assigned to them.

Cementers, which only finished 79% of the work, was given 13 new roads.
Stirling, with an overall performance of 72%, was given four new roads, while Dott Services, which finished 91% of the work, was assigned six new roads.

Frustrated with the appalling state of the city’s roads, works minister John Nasasira late last year announced that the central Government was taking over repairs and maintenance of the main roads from the Kampala City Council.
The four selected companies started work on January 6 and were given three months.

The work involved patching potholes and edge repairs, base repairs for limited construction, drainage works, shoulder re-instatement at selected locations and upgrading of a few gravel roads to paved ones.

Stirling, contracted to repair 17 roads totaling almost 23km, is yet to tarmac Jinja road at Nakawa and complete repairs on Fourth, Sixth and Eighth streets in Industrial Area. It had not started repairs on the Golf Course Road and New Port Bell Road.

According to the consultant report, Stirling had completed work on the pavements and drainages for Wampewo Avenue, Windsor Loop, Upper Kololo Terrace, Old Port Bell Road and Archer Road. The company will in addition repair Bandari Rise, Dundas Road, KAR Drive and Windsor Crescent.

Cementers, with 12 roads assigned totaling 15km, is still working on Mbogo, Kibuli and Mukwano roads. They will in addition attend to potholes on 13 roads including Mackinnon Road, Mackenzie Valley, Queen’s way, Katwe Road, Siad Barre Road, Burton Street, Parliament Avenue, William Street and Nasser Road.
Dott Services, which was assigned roads totaling almost 9km, greatly improved its performance since The New Vision made a mid-term evaluation in February.

It completed Binaisa Road, while other roads were left with little work to be done. Work was still going on at Old Kampala Ring Road and Bombo Road by the time The New Vision visited.

Dott Services will additionally repair Channel Street, Mackay, Namirembe and Kyadondo roads, Nakivubo Place, Nakivubo Mews and Nakasero Road.

Road works progress behind schedule

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