President Yoweri Museveni has today (Wednesday December 19), flagged off construction of the sh295 billion first phase of the Kampala Flyover Construction and road upgrading project (KFCRUP) at Clock Tower.
“I want to thank the Japan government for helping us not only with the Kampala Flyover project but other projects like the source of the Nile bridge'” President Museveni said.
Adding that the role of the fly over is to separate motor users passing through Kampala and those using Kampala.
“We have firm commitment to support the growth of Uganda, through high infrastructure development,” Japan’s Ambassodor to Uganda, H.E Kazuaki Kamed said at the flag off.
According to the project design, the Clock Tower flyover will be half a kilometre long. The road from Shoprite at Queen’s Way towards Katwe side will be widened to have more lanes and the redesign will cover half a kilometre.
The government of Uganda is working with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to execute the project which is expected to be completed in 36 months. Construction of the fly-over starts next month.
However, unlike in the previous construction projects, Ms Allen Kagina, the Executive Director of UNRA, says that they already acquired 65 per cent of the land on which the flyover is to be constructed. Adding that, the acquisition of the land will enable the projects to be completed on time.
The contractors will also improve Nsambya Road, Mukwano Road and part of Ggaba Road.
According to President Museveni, traffic congestion in the cities is brought by 3 people among whom are; Ugandans who engage in bar hopping, travellers moving from village to Village but pass via Kampala and carriers (lorry drivers & truck drivers among others).
Phase II of the Kampala Flyover Project, whose funding and design is being finalized, will be part of the Kampala-Jinja Expressway and will start at Lugogo and end with flyovers at Kitgum house roundabout.
The 3.5km Kampala flyover project, being handled by Japan’s Shimizu-Konoike JV as the contractor, is expected to change the face of Kampala.
It will be implemented by Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) together with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).