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Old February 9th, 2012, 12:30 PM   #1
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China To Fund $350M Ugandan Toll Road
Publication Date: 3/30/2011
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Construction is poised to start in July on Uganda’s first-ever toll road. China is financing the $350-million project, which will be built under a public-private partnership for highway transportation management.

Outgoing Uganda parliament approves funding for new Entebbe Highway

BY WOLFGANG H. THOME, ETN | MAY 03, 2011
UGANDA (eTN) - The parliamentary session in Kampala yesterday of the soon-to-be-retired outgoing house – when it makes way for the newly-elected members – made a landmark decision to approve the proposed funding for the Entebbe highway. Government is now able to conclude a loan agreement with China over US$350 million, which will help to design the new highway, acquire land where necessary, and then build it, connecting the "Northern Bypass" to a new routing around the present major emerging population centers at the old route.

The two highways will join just outside the municipality but will have several access points, notably near Lweza/Kajjansi from where a lakeside road will then lead to the Munyonyo side of the city, and from near Abaita Ababire, home of Nkumba University and the last center outside Entebbe itself.

From where the two, the old and new highway meet, a dual carriage section will be added to allow swifter traffic to the international airport, but widening that section will require some major land and building acquisitions, which are thought to be a challenge, in terms of both cost and the speed required to complete the project within the planned time frame.

There was expressed unease, though, by several parliamentarians over certain terms of the loan agreement, which also included the use of a Chinese consulting firm and a Chinese construction company, preventing any competitive bidding for the project and thereby setting aside the Ugandan procurement laws altogether. The loan, with a grace period of five years, is repayable over a twenty-year period, and the income from the toll road will be used towards repayment and maintenance. Subject to land acquisition, construction is set to start in 2012 and could be completed by 2015, staying with the grace period during which no payments to the Chinese state bank are due.

Once ready, visitors to the "Pearl of Africa" will have a totally new arrival experience when driving to the city while being able to enjoy some very scenic sights as they cruise through the evergreen landscapes.


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Old February 9th, 2012, 12:33 PM   #2
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UNRA assures on quality for new airport express highway
SATURDAY, 21 JANUARY 2012 12:08 PAUL TENTENA
KAMPALA, UGANDA - The Uganda National Roads Authority have put in place safeguard measures to ensure that value for money is attained in the proposed construction of the 51.4 km Kampala-Entebbe Express Highway.

Among the safeguards according to a UNRA report is the fact that the highway commercial contract as approved by the Solicitor General is a conditional contract which can only become effective once the conditionalities embedded within the agreement are fulfilled.

The conditions state that the final contract price shall be determined through negotiations between the employer and the contractor and an award shall only be made after approvals by all pertinent government institutions in Uganda and the project financier are obtained.

"The project shall progress once the employer has reviewed and satisfied themselves with the project design and will be implemented according to the final detailed engineering design as approved by the employer," stresses the UNRA safeguards.

The last condition mentioned in the safeguards is once the agreement on the contract price is reached, any changes shall be effected by way of an addendum to the conditional commercial agreement to be signed by the parties.

"In order to ensure value for money and also conduct a due diligence on all project components, UNRA is in advanced stages of securing the
services of an international consultant to carry out not only the Independent Review of the Project Design but also carry out due diligence on the project's specifications, construction methods and cost," said a UNRA release.

The Kampala- Entebbe Expressway estimated to cost $476m, will be a dual carriageway starting from Kampala at the Northern Bypass, Busega roundabout and ending at Entebbe airport with a spur to Munyonyo.
The project will comprise construction of a 4-lane dual carriageway of 37.23km road connecting Kampala Northern Bypass at Busega with the existing Kampala-Entebbe road at Abayita Ababiri.

The remaining 14.13km road connecting Munyonyo through Lweza will be constructed with the New Kampala- Entebbe Highway Project.
The project is expected to be built to very high construction specifications and 30-35% of the project costs is attributed to unique characteristics of the project such as very long bridges, toll plazas and lighting.

It gives a unit cost of $9.26million per kilometer and $1.51million
per lane kilometer influenced by long swamp and lake treatments required for the project.
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Old February 9th, 2012, 01:45 PM   #3
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These are the kind of projects that will take this region far. I am looking forward to seeing more of such projects across East Africa. Thanks Ug. boy for sharing. What timelines are we looking at?
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Old February 9th, 2012, 03:58 PM   #4
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These are the kind of projects that will take this region far. I am looking forward to seeing more of such projects across East Africa. Thanks Ug. boy for sharing. What timelines are we looking at?
this project was invented last year its currently in physical planning so construction should start late 2012 or early 2013.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 05:13 PM   #5
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Great. Can't wait.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 03:03 PM   #6
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Entebbe road construction to start in six months
Publish Date: Apr 13, 2012

The new route is expected to ease traffic jam and reduce motor accidents.
By Gladys Kalibbala


Construction of a six-lane highway from Entebbe to Kampala is scheduled to start in six months' time, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) spokesperson, Dan Alinange has said.

The project has been partly funded by the Chinese government, which has already contributed US$350m (about sh875bn) towards the construction of the highway.

The Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, Zhao ya Li echoed the pronouncement during a visit to Chang-Sha Model School, Katabi in Entebbe Municipality.

Li toured the school which was named after China’s Chang-Sha city after their partnership with the Entebbe Municipality.

“Our friendship with Uganda goes way back to October 18, 1962 where we were among the first governments to recognize the Ugandan government immediately after independence on 9th October 1962,” he revealed.

He said the friendship between the two governments has resulted in the newly completed Naguru Hospital while about 50 students are given scholarships every year to China plus many other projects in the country.

Alinange explained that the Ugandan government is contributing $100m (about sh250bn) towards the construction and sh100bn for compensation to the people in the area.

“We have already started compensation and after clearing payments we will give them six months to vacate so that work begins,” Alinange said.

He said the road will be constructed by China Communication Co. Ltd and will take three years.

The 51km-highway is expected to cross from Busega on Masaka road through Kabojja, Nakawuka then come out around the junction of Nkumba University at Abaita-Ababiri where it will expand in about six lanes up to Entebbe Airport.

Alinange says a spur will be made from Lweza through Mutungo and Kigo up to the lake at Munyonyo.

“When we finish this highway in three years from now it will only take motorists between 20-30 minutes to reach Entebbe from Kampala as there will be no jam, “he declared.

Entebbe mayor Vincent De Paul Kayanja, excited about the highway, said the new route will help in bringing down the number of road accidents now common on Entebbe road.

“Police explains that many of the accidents occur as a result of people rushing for flights at the airport but when we get a better road they will be able to move without jam delaying them,” Kayanja said.

The Chinese envoy donated a laptop to Entebbe Municipality and a 42-inch TV plus a video camera to Chang-Sha Model School.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 05:22 PM   #7
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Design review delays work on new Entebbe-Kampala road
By Martin Ssebuyira (email the author)

Posted Wednesday, April 11 2012 at 00:00
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According to the UNRA spokesperson, Mr Dan Alinage, the construction of the road will start as soon as government compensates those on whose land it will pass through.

The review of the design and areas where the Entebbe-Kampala Express highway is expected to pass through, has delayed work on the road, a senior officer of the roads authority has said.



Mr Dan Alinage, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) spokesperson,told Daily Monitor in an interview yesterday that the project will start soon because the review process has now been completed.

“We are now going to start assessing and compensating the affected people to hand over the routes to the contractor,” he said.

The UNRA spokesperson said Shs100 billion has been earmarked to compensate people whose land the road will pass through.

“We will do it in bits as we handover the completed routes to the contractor,” he added.

Mr Alinage’s remarks follows a statement by Chinese envoys yesterday that their government, which has partnered with the Ugandan government on the project, is ready to start constructing the road as soon as compensation of people whose land the road will pass through is finalised.

Mr Wen Dong, a political and protocol officer at the Chinese embassy, said during an official visit to Entebbe that his government has contracted the Chinese Construction Company to start the project slated to end by 2016.

“They money from the Chinese government is already there, and the company is ready to start. We are only waiting for government to sort its self out and we begin the work,” he said.

Mr Zhao Ya Li, the Chinese Ambassador, said his government has offered a $350 million (about Shs873.2 billion) soft loan for the project which is expected to cost $476m (about1.18 trillion).

The new Entebbe-Kampala Express highway will join Entebbe municipality at Abayita Ababiri but will have several access points, notably near Lweza/Kajjansi from where a lakeside road will then lead to Munyonyo.

From where the old and new high ways meet, a dual carriage section will be added to ease traffic to Entebbe International Airport.
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@ u.g, nice video about highway project. I hope it gets done, because it looks modern and will help the economy grow.
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Old April 26th, 2012, 05:27 PM   #9
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Kampala - Entebbe Highway, Uganda Thursday 26 Apr 2012

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$350m Chinese-funded highway in Uganda to start construction in next few months

Construction will begin on a $350m Chinese-funded highway through Uganda in the next six months, according to the Uganda National Roads Authority. The four-lane carriageway will reduce congestion between two of the most important cities within the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA) on completion, linking Kampala and Entebbe International Airport.

The 51.4km highway will significantly reduce the journey time between these two popular destinations from approximately one and a half hours to just thirty minutes and is the latest in a series of operations to ease congestion in the area. Authorities have attempted to solve heavy traffic issues in the region by widening the existing Kampala-Entebbe road however the relocation costs for nearby residents and financial implications of land acquisition made the operation impractical.

With Chinese backing, a new strategy to construct a lengthy four-lane carriageway has taken off and China Communication Construction Co. Ltd are expected to begin physical works on the project later this year. The GKMA economy is the strongest in Uganda, contributing 40% of the country’s GDP, however the lengthy travel times in and out of the GKMA - and consequentially escalating travel costs - have presented Uganda with a need for alternative infrastructure.

The Uganda National Roads Authority details: “The high transport costs are a hindrance to economic growth which makes the situation in the GKMA unattractive to investors and erodes the returns on business activities. There is an urgent need to provide relief to the Kampala City Roads and the connection between Kampala and Entebbe International Airport.”
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Ug. boy, thanks for the updates. There seems to be confusion in the posts though:

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Construction of a six-lane highway from Entebbe to Kampala is scheduled to start in six months' time, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) spokesperson, Dan Alinange has said.
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Construction will begin on a $350m Chinese-funded highway through Uganda in the next six months, according to the Uganda National Roads Authority. The four-lane carriageway will reduce congestion between two of the most important cities within the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA) on completion, linking Kampala and Entebbe International Airport.
Anyway, considering that the length of the road is almost the same as Nairobi-Thika highway. I would imagine with $350 million, the road should be 6-lane with service roads.
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Ug. boy, thanks for the updates. There seems to be confusion in the posts though:



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Anyway, considering that the length of the road is almost the same as Nairobi-Thika highway. I would imagine with $350 million, the road should be 6-lane with service roads.
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what is corrupt about this project ??
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what is corrupt about this project ??
He meant the cost of this highway is almost the same as that used to put up the Thika highway in Kenya yet the Thika one has more lanes.

I think the cost may have something to do with most of the new Entebbe highway being built from scratch unlike Thika road which was more of a road expansion project. I wonder why they didn't do the same for Entebbe road. Expand the current highway with more lanes (10-12 lanes) instead of building an alternative 4-6 lane highway for the same price.
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He meant the cost of this highway is almost the same as that used to put up the Thika highway in Kenya yet the Thika one has more lanes.

I think the cost may have something to do with most of the new Entebbe highway being built from scratch unlike Thika road which was more of a road expansion project. I wonder why they didn't do the same for Entebbe road. Expand the current highway with more lanes (10-12 lanes) instead of building an alternative 4-6 lane highway for the same price.
I think its because the super highway has more connecting roads its meant to also link to mukono highway , jinja highway mbarara and masaka highways and Kampala road, portbell road in Kampala etc to give several routes to the airport from Kampala and mukono wakiso etc .
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I think its because the super highway has more connecting roads its meant to also link to mukono highway , jinja highway mbarara and masaka highways and Kampala road, portbell road in Kampala etc to give several routes to the airport from Kampala and mukono wakiso etc .
In effect, the new highway could act as a bypass for the city. I had not thought about that aspect. Thanx Ug boy.
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In effect, the new highway could act as a bypass for the city. I had not thought about that aspect. Thanx Ug boy.
they are also planning the southern bypass similar to the northern one but for the south and it will connect tot his highway allowing Kampala quick travel to all corners of the city . i will get pics of the planned road i saw some earlier.

http://www.planningalliance.ca/proje...la-master-plan



sketch of some of the roads linked to this project
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Uganda People News: Southern Bypass To Displace 4000 Homesteads
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The Kampala-Entebbe highway, the Southern by-pass whose construction is set to begin in July this year is set to displace about 4000 homesteads and businesses according to information from the Uganda Roads Authority.

According to the Executive Director of the roads authority, Dan Alinange, the 51km road which will begin from Busega junction through Kabojja, Abaita Ababiri, up to the International Airport, Ebettebe, will cost the country 300 million dollars.

Alinange reveals that the 51km road will displace 4000 homes and business units which will cost the country over 100 billion shillings to be paid by government over and above the 300 dollars.

He says that because the cost of compensation is not part of the 300 dollars borrowed from the Export-Import bank of China, there is worry that the construction will be delayed until government gets the required money.

Alinange says that the road is expected to be completed in a period of 36 months and will so much decongest the old Kampala-Entebbe road which normally too jammed during the traffic peak hours.
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Long overdue...has anyone ever tried to go to the airport when you have an evening flight....the traffic is a mess the chances of missing ur flight are usually high
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Long overdue...has anyone ever tried to go to the airport when you have an evening flight....the traffic is a mess the chances of missing ur flight are usually high
I missed my flight three times when i was in secondary in Uganda!! traffic contributed to one miss(it was so horrible!, the whole of Zzana to near Kisubi was like closed for over an hour), the other time, my taxi delayed coming picking me up and the final one which was in the Senior 6 after UNEB, I delayed getting my school pass out due to not handling my chair on time..smh!
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The Kampala-Entebbe highway, the Southern by-pass whose construction is set to begin in July this year is set to displace about 4000 homesteads and businesses according to information from the Uganda Roads Authority.

According to the Executive Director of the roads authority, Dan Alinange, the 51km road which will begin from Busega junction through Kabojja, Abaita Ababiri, up to the International Airport, Ebettebe, will cost the country 300 million dollars.

Alinange reveals that the 51km road will displace 4000 homes and business units which will cost the country over 100 billion shillings to be paid by government over and above the 300 dollars.

He says that because the cost of compensation is not part of the 300 dollars borrowed from the Export-Import bank of China, there is worry that the construction will be delayed until government gets the required money.

Alinange says that the road is expected to be completed in a period of 36 months and will so much decongest the old Kampala-Entebbe road which normally too jammed during the traffic peak hours.
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