UNRA | Uganda National Roads Authority – Kampala – Entebbe Expressway Takes Shape.
Kampala – Entebbe Expressway is slowly taking shape and will be a welcome addition to Uganda’s expanding road network. The four-lane toll highway under construction in the Central Region of Uganda. The Kampala-Entebbe Expressway is part of the measures to decongest the Central Business District and enhance trade movement through, within and out of the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area.
The urban congestion is increasing in Kampala at an estimated rate of 4.5% annually with increased motorization Kampala is facing heavy traffic jams, especially during the peak hours and the road can no longer accommodate current traffic. The proposed New Kampala – Entebbe Highway is consistent with the recommendations and objectives of the Master Plan of the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area by providing an efficient mass transit route between two vital cities in the region. This project forms a crucial part of Government’s overall strategy for decongesting Kampala through construction of an inner beltway comprising the Kampala Northern and Southern Bypasses as well as an outer beltway along the edges of the Great Kampala Metropolitan Area.
The Contract for the Design and Build of the project was awarded to China Communication Construction of China (as the Contractor) by the Ugandan National Roads Authority (the Employer) with the date of signing of a conditional contract agreement on 26 October 2010 and agreed changes are executed through Addendum No.1 signed on June 4, 2012. The Consultancy Contract for the Supervision of the Design and Construction of the project was awarded to Beijing Expressway Supervision Co., Ltd (as the Engineer) and the agreement for the Consultancy Service was signed on May 2, 2012. The contract period is 48 months of Construction Supervision Period plus 24 month of defect liability period. The Engineer’s notice to commence the works was May 17, 2012 and finally modified to commence as July 25, 2012 upon the request of the Engineer and the Meeting held on July 3, 2012.
The highway starts at Entebbe International Airport and continue to Abayita Ababiri, goes through Akright City, Kajjansi, and Kabojja, and end at Busega, where it joins the Kampala Northern Bypass Highway, a distance of approximately 37.23 kilometres (23.13 mi). A spur will branch off the highway at Kajjansi to connect to Munyonyo, a suburb of Kampala, located on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, a distance of about 14.13 kilometres (8.78 mi).
Historical brief — In 2009, the government of Uganda (GOU) began consultations with the government of China regarding the construction of a four-lane (dual-carriage) highway connecting Entebbe and Kampala. In November 2010, the two governments signed an agreement where the Chinese government, through the Exim Bank of China, would lend up to US$350 million for the construction of the highway, repayable over forty years.
Construction costs — In 2012, the expressway was estimated to cost US$476 million (UGX:1.19 trillion). Of this, US$350 million (UGX:875 billion) is a loan from the Exim Bank of China at 2 percent annual interest. The remaining US$126 million (UGX:315 billion) will be provided by GOU. The government earmarked UGX:123 billion to compensate land owners along the expressway route.
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