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UNRA Rolls out Plan to Restore Asphalt Layer on New Nile Bridge

Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has unveiled plans to restore the pavement layer (asphalt) and waterproofing on the Source of the Nile Bridge.

The roads authority said the contractor of the multi-million dollar project will undertake restoration works to replace the defective pavement/ asphalt layer on the bridge from April 15, 2019 to July 10, 2019.

The contractor is the Joint Venture of the Zenitaka Corporation and Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd.

ChimpReports understands the two companies will work under the supervision of the Consultant, the Joint Venture of Oriental Consultants Co., Ltd, Eight-Japan Engineering Consultants Inc. and PyungHwa Engineering Consultant Co., Ltd, which is representing UNRA.

UNRA’s announcement comes high on the heels of media reports that the new asphalt wearing layer was peeling off.

The reports have raised concerns about the quality of workmanship on the iconic bridge which was commissioned at a colorful ceremony presided over by president Museveni in October 2018.

The bridge, whose construction cost $175m, is projected to last 120 years.

UNRA said in a statement on Wednesday that “The scope of works will include application of a water proofing material to the concrete deck surface that will effectively bond with the modified polymer asphalt layer.”

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Japanese contractors are still utilizing their one year Defects Liability Period to put final touches on the road to ensure it’s of strongest quality.

Within the Defects Liability Period, which is typically after a construction project has been completed; a contractor is mandated among others to return to the site to remedy any noticeable defects.

Traffic guidelines

For the duration of the works, UNRA said traffic flow in the area will be diverted as follows:

Kampala-bound traffic (Jinja to Kampala) shall continue to use the Source of the Nile Bridge.

Jinja-bound traffic (Kampala to Jinja) shall be diverted to the Nalubaale Bridge.

Local Traffic (to and from) Nile Breweries Ltd, Southern Range Nyanza Ltd (Nytil), East African Packaging Solutions Ltd shall continue to use their normal routes.

Cyclists and motor cyclists (‘Boda Boda’) traffic to and from Jinja shall continue to use the Nalubaale Bridge and Faraday Road.

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