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Kazinga Channel Bridge Reopened To Traffic

The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has reopened Kazinga Channel Bridge to traffic three weeks after closure.

The bridge, which connects Greater Bushenyi districts of Rubirizi and Bushenyi to Kasese, had been closed after it developed a hole.

But UNRA, in a statement issued on Tuesday, said they have made a temporary repair of the road, allowing traffic to resume as they finalize an emergency procurement for short term and permanent works.

“Motorists especially of heavy trucks and buses are advised to slow down and not exceed speed limit of 20km/h on the bridge,” the statement reads.

The 32 kilometer Kazinga Channel links Lake Edward and Lake George and is a dominant feature of Queen Elizabeth National Park which attracts several tourists.

Several taxis, buses and heavy trucks cross the bridge daily.

On November 13, UNRA advised motorists heading to Kasese District to use alternative routes as the bridge would be closed to traffic with immediate effect.

“UNRA wishes to inform the general public that the bridge deck for Kazinga Channel Bridge on Ishaka—Katunguru—Kasese road has been damaged and the bridge will be closed to traffic immediately,” the notice read in part.

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“For traffic bound from Kampala to Mpondwe; use Kampala—Fort Portal—Kasese—Mpondwe route, for traffic from Kampala to Ishasha; travel via Mbarara—Ishaka—Ishasha route, for traffic from Kasese to Mbarara; use Kasese—Fort Portal—Kamwenge— Ibanda—Mbarara route.”

 

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