KIIRA MUNICIPALITY: President Yoweri Museveni flagged off the upgrading works for Kiira-Kasangati-Matugga road from gravel to bituminous standard at a ceremony held at Kiira Municipality in Wakiso district.
The 21 kilometers road that is to be upgraded under Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA) and the main contractor, Chongqing International Construction Corporation (CICO) from China, starts from Kiira Town round about running Westwards crossing the Kampala-Gayaza road in Kasangati and ending at the Kampala-Bombo Highway.
The President who had just arrived from Katonga commissioned the road works and waved at the residents who were extremely excited to see their leader.
The Kiira-Kasangati-Matugga road will contribute towards the improvement of the traffic flow within and around Wakiso as well as easing connection to the trunk roads especially the Bombo and Jinja highways.
Area residents welcomed the government intervention to address the persistent traffic jam in Kiira, Najjera and Kiwatule.
Martin Kasaija, a resident of Najjera, welcomed the road project, saying, “We have been suffering with daily traffic jam for the last 8 years. The road project is a step forward in easing transport in our area.”
The road project entails upgrading of the Kira-Kasangati-Matugga road together with the Najjera-Buwate spur and the loop connection of the family access road from gravel to bituminous standard.
It also includes dualing of the 2km road section from Kyaliwajjala to Kira from the current two lanes to four lanes with a median and provision of walkways and cycle lanes.
The road project will also provide for bicycle racks, bus stops, tactile paving for the blind access to affected persons and lighting for the junctions that will be powered by solar.
According to UNRA, the road that will improve the safety of non-motorized road users through the provision of cycle lanes will in turn contribute in the governments program of eradication of poverty and hence spur development.