UNRA Engages Public on Feasibility of the Kampala Outerbelt Road Project

In order to decongest the traffic in Kampala metropolitan which has resulted into delays in mobility and hampered economic development, this Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is at preliminary stage of designing a plan for the outer belt way route options.

The ring road express way will encompass the greater Kampala metropolitan area to form part of the northern corridor that will connect Uganda to the port of Mombasa.

It is part of the three circumferential roads including the northern and southern bypass in line with the National Transport Master Plan. The second ring road will connect the towns of Mukono, more about Gayaza, troche Zirobwe, Kapeka, Mpigi, Entebbe and Mukono.

M/S Engis Consultants Ltd was contracted, with funding from the government of Uganda to carry out the feasibility study and designing of alignments of routes which is estimated to be completed in December 2017. The total cost for the construction of the project and source of funding will be determined thereafter.

Speaking at an engagement between UNRA and other stakeholders, Patrick Muleme UNRA’s Head of Design said this project aims at creating efficient and reliable transport systems.

“Growth in services and manufacturing industries is putting pressure on the already saturated urban transport system. Roads are serving different functionalities which cause friction. We want to have a defined system of high order roads for people on long distances and low order roads with intermediate stops,” he said.

Going by the national transport master plan, the Greater Kampala metropolitan area should have dual carriage ways and arterial roads with 6 lanes. Vehicles plying the planned express way will use a minimum of 120km/h speed.

Nakawa M.P Michael Kabaziguruka who attended Wednesday’s meeting however decried corruption that has often time impeded infrastructural projects in addition to the failure by government to enhance local human capacity and content.


“The plan is tentatively feasible but the implementation is always a problem due to corruption. Most of the contracts get awarded through kickbacks and to foreign companies. In addition, local content hasn’t been promoted reason why we see Chinese doing manual work that could be done by Ugandans,” Kabaziguruka said.

He also wondered why Uganda should still be importing cement which was the case in one of the infrastructure projects.

Wednesday’s discussion brought together technocrats, local government leaders, private sector, development partners, government partners and civil society among others.

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