Executive Director Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Alen Kagina together with Works Minister Eng Monica Ntege Azuba on Friday officiated at the official closing of the girder of the new Nile Bridge in Jinja.
The girder closing (linking of the two sides of the beams supporting the deck), was also attended by various stakeholders including the Ambassadors of Japan South Korea, Japan, MP and local leaders.
Speaking at the event, the UNRA boss thanked the project contractors for the good work done so far.
“During execution of civil works to date, the Contractor maintained the highest standard of safety, environmental protection, site cleanliness and maintenance,” Kagina said.
“The quality of water in the Nile River has been maintained to its natural state.”
The JICA funded project, according to Mrs Kagina is expected to be completed in August 2018, after which, the old Nalubaale Bridge will closed for traffic.
“The New Nile Bridge will pass vehicles more safely and eight times faster,” she said.
Speaking at the event, Works Minister Monica Azuba termed this as a “special mile stone towards the rehabilitation and upgrade of the most important Corridor Route in Uganda and East Africa which starts from Mombasa through Malaba/Busia in the Eastern part of Uganda and connects us to our neighbors Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Eastern Congo.”
“This bridge structure will be among the first of its scale and complexity in Africa and shall bear an iconic presence at Uganda’s Gateway at Jinja. We know for sure, that this bridge will significantly contribute to the economic development of Uganda and hence poverty reduction,” the minister added.
Facts About the new Bridge
- It is the longest single plane cable configuration in the entire African Continent.
- The 525m-long bridge has a central span of 290m, end spans of 135m and 100m on the east and west banks respectively.
- The overall width of the Bridge is 22.9m wide. It has a dual carriageway 7.0m wide with a pedestrian walk way of 2.25m wide on both ends. For security at night, the Bridge will have lighting facilities.
- The bridge’s foundation of 1.5m and 2.0m diameter piles are embedded approximately 14-23m deep into hard rock. The new 1.83km long asphalt approach roads has three at-grade junctions at Nile Breweries, Nytil and Jinja round about to allow interchange of traffic to the existing road network.
- Cutting edge technology Digital Structural Health Monitoring Systems (SHMS) will be installed to monitor the axle loads of the traffic passing on the Bridge, stresses and strains in the cable and will communicate the distresses which will signal maintenance requirements.
- 52 Project affected Persons (PAPs) were paid Uganda Shilling 16.1 Billion to clear the right of way (ROW) for the construction of the Bridge.