The newest planned Seventy seven – kilometer long highway connecting Kampala and Jinja, section of the Northern Corridor connecting Mombasa an Indian Ocean port with Uganda and the surrounding area, is slowly taking form. The Uganda National Roads Authority UNRA, has recently issued a public notice which details that site investigation activities are ongoing, right after gazetting the planned road routing one year back.
This new road project is going to bring relief not only to the transit traffic but as well to commuters since it will begin from Nakawa a suburb to Kampala begin with Six lanes to Lugazi and then 4 lanes to Jinja will be constructed. In Jinja, it will connect to the new bridge that is yet to be built over River Nile.
It is fully understood that the layout stage of this project is now ongoing, which will amid other tasks pre-plan and mark the route of the new highway, establish property owners with regards to compensation which is yet to be finished by July this very year, before financial compensation is launched ahead of the construction.
This brand new route will mainly vary from the current standard highway connecting Kampala to Jinja and for a greater degree run south of the present route.
Along with the already being built new highway connecting Kampala and Entebbe this is among the main infrastructure investments of Uganda in the road industry to decongest Kampala – the capital city and also improve the flow of traffic.
These new highways are to be used as toll roads to enable the government recover the investment and enable a servicing of the loans obtained for their construction.
The routes leading to the major national parks within the country, found in the north eastern and the south western parts, have already been subject to considerable upgrading and renovation over the recent years, particularly the Kampala – Gulu Highway that leads to Murchison Falls National Park as well as the route connecting Kampala to Mbarara through Masaka and further on to Kabale as well as Kisoro, that offers access to the gorilla game parks of Bwindi as well as Mgahinga. Similarly the road connecting Mbarara to the renowned Queen Elizabeth National Park as well as the Rwenzori Mountain National Park was been upgraded, easing transportation for tourists to arrive at these amazing destinations.