The Uganda National Roads Authority – UNRA has advised motorists using the Kampala-Masaka highway to avoid the road until it is fully repaired.
But Mark Ssali, the UNRA Spokesperson says heavy traffic flow on the road is instead inconveniencing the ongoing works by their technical teams which may slow down the work progress.
Apparently, motorists and travelers plying to and from the western route are going through nasty experiences at the Lwera swamp; between Mpigi and Kalungu district after the road developed defects that have since affected the free flow of traffic.
Although the UNRA technical teams have for the last three days been trying to fix the road, they are yet to complete the works, a situation that has led to very heavy traffic stagnated on both sides of the road.
Mark Ssali has advised motorists to divert from the highway and use the available alternative route of Mpigi-Kanoni through Sembabule-Villa Maria to Masaka. Those from Kampala are required to turn-off from Mpigi town and drive for about 106 kilometers up-to Nyendo in Masaka municipality before rejoining the highway.
Asked on whether the ongoing repairs will provide a permanent solution once complete, Ssali indicates that the engineers are currently concentrating at providing temporary measures as they wait for resources required to undertake a long term solution.
He explains that the teams on the ground are working tirelessly to replace the culverts, gravel stones and other bituminous material that had contributed to failing of the road section.
John Bosco Sseruwu, a resident of Lukaya town council in Kalungu district has confirmed to URN by press time that motorists had made very long lines on both sides of the road as they wait to cleared to proceed.
According to him, the vehicles are made to wait between two to three hours before crossing the stretch that is being repaired and that they move at slow speed. He however adds that other similar though slight defects have also been cited towards and after River Katonga bridge in Mpigi district.
Notably, the Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara highway underwent major repairs in 2013 by Reynold Construction Company- RCC using about 237 billion shillings being a loan obtained from the European Union.