Plans for a ring road to go around Kampala are in high gear, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has said.
Named Kampala Outer Beltway, the road would help reduce traffic jams on the main roads entering the city centre.
“The main thing we are looking at is to distribute traffic especially on Jinja road and Entebbe road when entering the city,” said UNRA publicist Dan Alinange.
“We want if someone is from Jinja to Gaba, he or she does not have to come to the city centre. They can connect straight [to their destination].”
Last week, UNRA announced tenders for a feasibility study and the design plan for the 100km road.
“[The road] will start around Gaba, running through Mukono/ Seeta, Namugongo, Kira, Kasangati, Matugga, Wakiso, Buloba and Nsangi, linking with the proposed Kampala-Jinja, Kampala-Entebbe and Kampala-Mpigi express ways,” said UNRA in a statement.
UNRA said the consultant will carry out a feasibility study of upgrading the selected route to an express highway, including consideration of alternative routes and pavement design options. They will also look at the environmental and social impact study, road safety assessments, land acquisition, economic, and financial analysis.
Alinange told The Observer consultancy firm would be contracted by September. The feasibility study and designs are expected to take about nine months, he said.
“This road is likely to appear in the 2015/16 financial year budget.”
Already, there are existing roads in some places where the new one will pass. According to Alinange, such roads as Seeta to Namugongo, Kira to Matugga, will be widened and paved to suit the new designs. The construction of the ring road is expected to take three years.
This financial year, roads will get 18 per cent (Shs 2.6tn) of the Shs 14-trillion national budget, the highest allocation among all sectors, according to the national budget framework paper.
“We are getting more money because government has seen the good work we are doing,” Works Minister Abraham Byandala told reporters recently.