The Uganda Road Fund (URF) has released Shs 102bn to its designated agencies and sub-agencies for maintenance of various categories of public roads for the third quarter of the 2017/2018 financial year.
The agencies include Uganda National Roads Authority (Unra), KCCA, 121 local governments (districts and municipalities) and their sub-agencies town councils and sub-counties.
The third quarter disbursement reflects 25 per cent of URF’s annual roads maintenance budget of Shs 406bn. The cumulative release by the Fund currently stands at Shs 279bn since the financial year began.
In this quarter, the Fund has suffered a shortfall of Shs 25bn amounting to 6.29 per cent of the agency annual roads maintenance budget.
Activities to be funded
The funds disbursed will facilitate routine and periodic maintenance, road safety works, axle load control, ferry operations and maintenance, plant and equipment repairs, road materials and operational expenses in respective agencies.
In this quarter, Unra plans to maintain 3,490km of paved roads, 13,537km unpaved roads, 86 bridges and 13 ferries.
Unra will also carry out road safety works in the third quarter by installing street lighting, road signage, road marking and demarcation of road reserves on 854km of selected national roads.
The Fund will also finance the pretesting of alternative technology on one kilometre of a selected national road. The low-cost seal technology is an alternative to the costly bitumen which is commonly used to pave Uganda’s roads.
The Fund will facilitate the operations of axle load control and enforcement on eight fixed and four mobile axle load control bridges.
KCCA will maintain 145km of paved roads and 120km of unpaved roads. KCCA will also undertake road markings and junction maintenance under its road safety programmes.
In this quarter, the Fund will finance transport studies on road safety and congestion on Kampala city roads.