President Yoweri Museveni this morning officially commissioned works on Lot 1 of the Kampala Flyover Construction and road upgrading project (KFCRU), amid promises to continue to better the transport infrastructure around the country.
The President, flanked by Workers Minister Eng. Monica Azuba, NRM Sevretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba and different government officials, commissioned the works for the multimillion dollar project that is funded both by government of Uganda and Government of Japan through Japanese Integration Corporation Agency (JICA)
The actual construction of Lot 1 of the KFCRUP is expected to commence in January 2019 and involves building the 0.5km clock tower flyover, widening of the Queens Way road, improvement of Entebbe Road, widening of Nsambya, Mukwano and Gaba road.
Speaking at the launch of the launch of the project at Nakivubo Blue primary School grounds in down town Kampala, Museveni said that government will be putting more emphasis on urban transport infrastructure.
“We started by cross country tarmacking of roads,” he said. “What we are doing now is intensifying improvement of infrastructure in cities like Kampala, Gulu, Mbale, Jinja and Mbarara”
The President at the event thanked the former Kampala Capital City Authority Executive Director, Jenifer Musisi for the work she did on various Kampala roads, including the dreadful Kafumbe Mukasa Road.
Meanwhile as he normally does in the central region, the president took time off to slam Kampala residents for electing opposition politicians.
“I will not acknowledge presence of Kampala MPs because you don’t have MPs. They are not even here,” he said.
The KFCRUP project is hoped to create an urban freeway by-passing the city centre to enhance east-west corridor transit.
It will involve building of pedestrian bridges at clock tower, ShopRite and Kibuli junction and building an underpass at Nsambya.
In September 2018 Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) officially announced Shimizu-Konoike JV as the contractor of the Shs300b project.
Speaking at the contract awarding ceremony held three months back at the UNRA head offices, ED Allen Kagina commented that the project’s main objective was to alleviate traffic congestion within Kampala city and the greater Kampala metropolitan Area.
The project is divided in two lots, Lot 1 and Lot 2. According to UNRA officials, Procurement for Lot 2 will commence next year, 2019 after Jinja Approves that additional funding.