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Kampala Flyover Project: Section Of Entebbe Road To Be Closed

A section of Entebbe Road will be closed to motorists for a month due to ongoing works on the Kampala Flyover project.

According to the Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA, traffic flow will be diverted from Monday to September 2 at the section between Shell Shoprite and Garnesh Plaza.

In a public notice, UNRA however says traffic flow from the city Centre will not be affected by the changes and will proceed through the area normally.

Motorists from Kibuye roundabout who will be affected by the changes will access the city centre through Lubiri Ring Road and Kafumbe Mukasa Road. Motorists from Gaba Road will use Mukwano Road while those from Usafi Roundabout can access the city through Ben Kiwanuka Road and other connecting roads to access the city centre.

Taxi drivers Godfrey Nasambi and Ronald Kimbowa who ply the Entebbe-Kampala route say the changes could increase traffic jam on alternative roads like Lubiri Ring Road.

Nasambi says the passengers who alight from the Kajjansi to Kibuye roundabout section will find difficulties in getting taxis because taxis will want to avoid the traffic jam on the alternative roads like Kafume Mukasa Road or Ben Kiwanuka for those at Usafi junction.

Two weeks ago, UNRA said that the first phase of the 3.2-kilometer flyover project will be completed in December. This phase of the project started last year to solve the heavy traffic jam and flooding in the clock tower area. It stretches from the clock tower through Nsambya junction to Mukwano road.

The government contracted Japanese firm Shimizu Konoike JV to undertake the first phase or Lot One of the projects. The first phase is expected to cost 224 billion Shillings financed by the Japanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency-Jica. The second phase is expected to cost 659 billion Shillings.

The construction of the flyover will improve traffic flow within the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area by decongesting the Central Business District of Kampala through the construction of the Kampala flyover.

Major components of the project include the flyover bridge structure, underpass, pedestrian bridges, road upgrading, and improvement of junctions to improve travel within the city.


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