Construction works on the entire Kampala – Entebbe Expressway are expected to be complete in two months time.
This was revealed by key officials of China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) during an onsite visit, officials have confirmed.
Touring the area on Saturday, Patrick Senteza, an engineer with CCCC, said so far 96% of the project works had been completed.
As such, Senteza reiterated that by mid July this year they will officially be handing over four carriage road to Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).
Asked to explain why the project has stalled, he attributed this to compensation issues and funding gaps.
“Funds did not come in time. Some families were not agreeing on the right persons entitled to get compensation. Some of these things ended up going to court, so the project was basically delayed,” Senteza explains.
ChimpReports understands that in 2010, the Ugandan and Chinese governments entered an agreement whereby a 1.3 trillion shillings loan was secured from Exim bank to this effect.
On her side, Uganda committed to provide counterpart funding for land acquisition and meet a portion of payment to the contractor.
Regarding challenges, Senteza intimated that vandalism and theft of road infrastructure such as metallic barriers continues to affect their operations.
With the chain link no more, undeterred pedestrians and livestock have had a field day marauding on these roads.
This, Senteza warns is deadly because the 49.5 km road was specifically designed for fast moving automobiles.
Senteza says although concrete barriers are up and still strong, metallic barriers on the incomplete section of Mpala – State House have been damaged by errant drivers.
UNRA has since deployed about four mobile police patrols on this highway to curb lawlessness.
Senteza implored road users to follow road signs religiously to avoid getting lost.
Road at glance
Heralded as a key gateway from Kampala to Entebbe, the expressway is the first toll road in the country and consists of three toll plazas. These are located at; Busega, Kajjansi and Mpala.
Deducting from an interview conducted last month with Mary Kuteesa, the Director Legal Services at UNRA, proceeds from road users will directly go to servicing this debt.
However for this to happen, President Museveni needs to assent to the recently passed Roads Bill 2018.
Key among fascinating features is the 1,450 km long Nambigirwa Bridge, the longest in South and Eastern Africa.
Equally captivating is the iconic Kajjansi interchange which has become a landmark of Kajjansi town.