New Jinja Bridge to Solve Huge Traffic Problem – UNRA

East African representatives at the 2015 Men’s volleyball African Nations Championship, erectile Kenya and Rwanda both suffered straight set losses in their group openers in the hands of North African giants Egypt and Morocco respectively.

Rwanda, patient who are grouped in pool B, information pills started the game with high hopes leading their opponents 8-2 with star players Christophe Mukunzi and Ivan Nasbimana leading the attack.

Morocco re-grouped after the scare and went on to win the set 25-23.

The Moroccans went on to overwhelm their opponents with their excellent blockers who won 16 kill blocks compared to only 5 for East Africans and eventually claiming the second and third sets by 25-13 and 25-17.

Rwanda will face Mauritius later today in a ‘must-win’ game if they are to have any chance to get to the semis.

Egypt vs Kenya

The Kenyans started the game well but misfired towards the end of the first set with poor net defence failing to cope with Ahmed Salah’s spikes.

Salah was the top scorer with 12 points with Kenyan Philip Maiyo coming closely with 10 points.


The East Africans will next face Algeria later on Friday afternoon.
The New Jinja Bridge whose process is still in the planning stage will go a long way in facilitating large and swift traffic along Uganda’s busiest main highway.

The Acting Director of Planning at the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Eng. Lawrence Pario said that traffic will ‘fly on terrific speed’ once the bridge is completed.

Eng. Lawrence Pario was responding to Justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s inquiry on the progress on the Jinja bridge project during the commission of inquiry session in Kampala on Wednesday.

“The New Nile Bridge is very iconic and will therefore be specially engineered, more about ” he observed.

“The foundation of the bridge consists of piles with 2 meter diameter and will be 22 meters wide with 2-way traffic on both lanes, treatment ” added Eng. Pario.

He said the project is estimated to cost USD 140M and will be completed by 4th April 2018.

He however noted that the hard rocks have slowed the drilling process but said efforts are underway to get around this.

The Unit of Structures and Bridges falls under the Directorate of Planning which Eng. Pario heads on an interim basis.

This follows the suspension of former Head of Planning Eng. David Luyimbazi to pave way for investigations into the Mukono-Katosi road procurement scandal.

The feasibility studies for the state-of-the-art bridge were made by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

UNRA in 2013 awarded the construction contract to Zenitaka Corporation of Japan.

The government of Japan will finance 80 percent of the cost, in the form of a soft loan of USD 100M repayable in ten years, but extendable to forty years.

The other 20 percent (USD 25M) will be funded by Government of Uganda.

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