0n 15th/ 06 / 2018, His excellence Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the president of the Republic of Uganda opened the Uganda’s first express highway named the Kampala – Entebbe express highway that will be connecting the greater Kampala Metropolitan area to the Entebbe International Airport.
The Kampala – Entebbe express highway is a 51km (32mi) and four lane dual carriageway commissioned with a loan of US $350 million (UGX 875 billion) from the Exim Bank of China at 2% annual interest. The government of the Republic of Uganda also finance part of the project with a cost of US $126 million (UGX 315 billion) making to an estimated cost of US $476 million (UGX 1.19 trillion) of the entire project.
Kampala – Entebbe express highway finally opened on 15th/06/2018 by President Museveni to reduce on the traffic congestion and link Uganda to the other East African routes.
This four lane carriage express highway has constructed by the China Communications Construction company, a publicly traded, multinational engineering and construction company primarily engaged in the design, construction and operation of infrastructure assets, including highways, bridges, tunnels, railways (especially high-speed rail), subways, airports, and marine ports.
The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), a government agency mandated to develop and maintain the national roads network and addressing of national transport concerns says that the Kampala – Entebbe express highway is part of the measures that will decongest the central business district to enhance the trade movements through, with in and out of the great Kampala metropolitan area.
The UNRA further says that highway consists of a 1.5 Km Nambigirwa bridge which is the longest Bridge in East Africa.
Despite connecting Entebbe international airport to Kampala metropolitan area, the road will further link to some area along the shores of Lake Victoria including Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort and Spa.
Of the fact that the highway is expected to become a key link in transport routes in East Africa, UNRA has opened the bidding process for the construction of the highway to connect Kampala to Jinja the industrial centre of Uganda. This bid was opened recently in May.
Taking care of the road.
The Minister of Works Monica Azuba Ntege appealed to the community members and local leaders to protect the road assets particularly the road signs and road reserve which are supposed to guide road users and reduce accidents.
Similarly, she also appealed to transporters not to overload their trucks as overloading damages the roads and reduces their lifespan, which increases the overall cost of management of road assets. Further said that those who refuse to comply will be caught up by the long arm of the law.