Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] has commenced the upgrading of traffic signal-controlled junctions of Nakawa, Wandegeya and Nateete.
The removal of the old traffic lights according to KCCA spokesperson Mr Peter Kauju, has now started and installation of the upgraded signals will be completed by 18th July 2015.
The junction upgrade process is hoped to provide modern traffic control equipment which will ensure safety of pedestrian as they cross the road. The vehicles also will have their separate time to move through the junction.
“We are replacing the old bulbs of the traffic lights with LED ones. By 18th this month, we will have finished the work. We want to ensure safety of the motorists, pedestrians and all road users,” Mr Kauju noted.
The new equipment, he added, will also be more intelligent and will provide enough time for the vehicle movements.
“For example, vehicle movements coming to the city center will get more time in the morning and those leaving the city in the evening will get more time through the junctions. This will help reduce traffic jams.”
One of Kampala’s most critical challenges that the Authority if battling with remains traffic jam, according to the spokesperson.
About 60 percent of all vehicles in Uganda use Kampala roads.
He added, “The ordinary traffic lights have been problematic because at times the go off and there is also the pedestrians and vehicular movement is not well coordinated.”
KCCA wardens in partnership with Uganda police traffic officers will in the meantime be manning the junctions where the rehabilitation is under way.