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Expansion of Northern bypass starts early 2013
Publish Date: Aug 10, 2012

An artist impression of the Northern Bypass after the second phase
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By Samuel Balagadde


Procurement for the contractor for second phase of the 21km Kampala Northern Bypass is set for December and the real construction works is to start early next year.

The construction is funded by the European Investment bank, European Union and the Government of Uganda. Costs on this phase will be relatively lower as land had been procured and construction of bridges was finished during the first phase.

However, Dan Alinange, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) spokesperson said they are acquiring more land at some round-abouts that are to be widened and turned into flyovers.

He said valuation of the property for those expected to be affected has already been finalised pending compensation. Round-abouts to be expanded include Kalerwe, Busega, Ntinda, Kisaasi and Nansana and all residents around them are to be relocated.

The road, which stretches from Mandela Stadium at Bweyogerere to Busega round-about, is to be turned into a dual carriage road, when the second phase is completed.

The first phase was constructed by Salini and works commenced in 2004 at a unit cost of $1.74m per kilometer funded by the EU and the Government of Uganda.

The first phase involved construction of 10 bridges, one pedestrain footbridge and a number of side access roads.



Northern bypass for expansion.
Publish Date: Aug 08, 2012

An artist impression of the Northern Bypass after the second phase.
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By Samuel Balagadde


Procurement for the contractor for second phase of the 21km Kampala Northern Bypass is set for December and the real construction works is to start early next year.
 

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EU lines Shs183 billion to expand Northern Bypass

A section of the Northern Bypass. The road has eased traffic with Kampala and its suburbs. FILE PHOTO.

By Nicholas Kalungi (email the author)

Posted Friday, August 17 2012 at 01:00
IN SUMMARY

Traffic flow. The expansion of the bypass is likely to improve Kampala’s traffic flow.

The European Union and European Investment Bank (EIB) will inject 60 million Euros (about Shs183 billion) in increasing the number of lanes on the Kampala Northern Bypass and construction of six flyovers, Daily Monitor has learnt.

The expansion, which seeks to further decongest Kampala is set to start in the first half of 2013, with the procurement process of contractors for the second phase set for December.

In an email to Daily Monitor, Mr Simon Kasyate, the press and information officer at the EU, said a total of 60 million Euros was expected from different stakeholders with 40 million Euros (about Shs122 billion) coming from the European Commission (EC), 15 million Euros (about Shs45.5 billion) from EIB and 5 million Euros (about Shs 15.5 billion) from EC subsidy on the EIB rate of interest.

In 2004 the first phase of the bypass was kicked off with Salini Construttori taking on the project as the lead contractor.
EU invested more than 52 million Euros (Shs159 billion) in the first phase while the Uganda government availed funds for the acquisition of land which was required for the construction.

Since its opening in 2009, the bypass has helped reduce traffic as travellers continue to use it as an alternative link to different Kampala suburbs.

According to a statement from the EU there has been a significant improvement in traffic flow in Kampala with travel time being cut by between 20 and 30 minutes.

However, while the bypass has improved transport and decongested the city, it has by the same token become a haven for city criminals.

Reports available indicate that suspected criminals continue to take advantage of the darkness and shortage of security on the road to mount illegal road block which they use to steal from motorists and travellers.

Far still, the roads drainage system is equally poor with cases of flooding witnessed in some of Kampala suburbs along the Bypass.

Uganda continues to face a road network problems with Kampala alone, having a number of impassable roads due to potholes, narrow lanes and flooding on roads every time it rains. The same goes for up country roads where bridges are washed away during rainy seasons.
 

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MPs yet to approve By-pass funds

The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is awaiting parliament’s approval of funding that has been secured for the expansion of the Northern Bypass.

The European Union and the European Investment Bank have approved funding of 60m euros for this expansion and the construction of a bypass in Mbarara town.

“If the loan is approved by Parliament this month, we will have a contractor by April and the works will kick off in June,” Alinange told New Vision.

The expansion project will see the entire Northern Bypass become a dual-carriage road. Currently, only 3.5kms of the 21kms that constitute the by-pass is dual-carriage.

“We have made some changes to the design of the road. We are going to remove all the roundabouts and we shall replace them with flyovers.

At the end of the project, one will be able to drive straight from Busega to Namboole,” said Dan Alinange, UNRA’s spokesman.

Due to these changes in the design, UNRA says it is in the process of acquiring more land for the expansion. Most of this land will be acquired from areas like Kalerwe, Kisaasi and Nansana.

“During the first phase, we purchased most of the land we needed. We bought a corridor of 60 metres. Because of this, we expect to use about sh15b on compensations,” said Alinange.

In Mbarara, the roads authority approximates that about sh10b will be used for compensation.

One of the reasons for the delay of the first phase of the by-pass was failure to acquire land in time. This time, the roads agency says they are moving faster to avoid such delays.

The by-pass will be expanded in preparation for the completion of the Entebbe Express Highway that is due in four years’ time.

“The new Entebbe Express highway will feed into the Northern By-pass. You cannot have a big highway feeding into a smaller road. We have to expand the bypass to accommodate the traffic from the express highway,” reasons Alinange.

UNRA says issues of security and road safety, which have plagued the bypass, will be addressed with the expansion.

“We are going to have more footbridges, pavements and more lighting to ensure the safety of road users. Currently, we have lights only at the junctions,” said Alinange.
 

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Government teams-up with World Bank to build over $1.5b road projectsPublish Date: Apr 09, 2013


IN a move geared at fast-tracking the construction of four multibillion road projects under a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP), the government has sourced technical support from the World Bank.

As a result, the finance ministry has allowed the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to engage the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank to be its transaction advisor for the expressway projects.

In a meeting held on March 25, IFC agreed, in principle, to support UNRA’s preparation for PPP projects, says Eng. David Luyimbazi, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) director of planning.

“Trademark East Africa is also going to provide oversight support to UNRA in the management of PPP preparation, procurement and implementation,” he says. “All these arrangements will be tied-up in three months and we will be good to go.”

In what will comprise the most expensive cluster of road projects in Uganda’s history, the government plans to follow-up construction of the $476m Kampala- Entebbe expressway, launched by President Yoweri Museveni in November 2012, with four projects valued at over $1.5b (about sh3.983 trillions). They are;

The Kampala- Jinja expressway project

Estimated at $600m- $800m (sh1.6 trillion- sh2.13 trillion), the new road intendedto decongest the old and dilapidated Kampala- Jinja road that forms part of the Trans-African highway, is top priority.

Dan Alinange, the UNRA publicist, notes that Government of Uganda (GoU) will foot compensation bills to create a right-of-way for the contractor to commence works.

“We have the preliminary map and we know where the road will pass,” he says. “The detailed and final design for the road will be completed by June 2013. After that, we will start educating people about the compensation process.”

Construction of the 80km state-of-the-art road is expected to commence in 2015. Sh200b has been earmarked for compensation of Project Affected Persons (PAPs).

The new road will avoid the old Kampala- Jinja highway, starting from Kampala to Bweyogerere before taking a right direction off the existing road and Mukono town on the right.

Upon completion over a four-year construction period, the road will be only the second of its kind in Uganda, after the ultra-modern 51.4km Kampala- Entebbe expressway where motorists will utilise on a pay-per-use basis (toll).

However, unlike the new Kampala- Entebbe road whose works were funded through a concessional loan from the Chinese Government, the Kampala- Jinja expressway will be financed through a PPP involving a consortium of financier (s), contractor (s) and insurance companies, while the Government of Uganda (GoU) funds compensation costs, notes Luyimbazi.

“It (consortium) will be an investment club,” he notes “The investor will recover the money through tolling over a 20- 25-year concessional period. The design of the road will be finished in the next three months.”

Through PPPs, the government intends to depart from funding of expensive priority road projects off the consolidated fund, a practice blamed for Uganda’s poor road network, with only about 4, 000kms out of 21, 000kms of national roads under tarmac.

Upon completion, the road will encompass eight lanes between Nakawa- Kyambogo, Kyambogo- Lugazi (six-lanes) and Lugazi- Jinja (four-lanes) and feed into the Kampala- Entebbe expressway via the southern bypass.

The Kampala Southern bypass

The 18km bypass currently under design, will link the Kampala- Jinja expressway through an interchange at Bweyogere and join the Kampala- Entebbe expressway off a spur at Munyonyo, creating a ‘ring-road’.

Upon completion of the projects over a 10-year period, a motorist will be able to drive through the Kampala northern bypass, connect to the Kampala- Jinja expressway through to the Kampala- Entebbe expressway and back to the Kampala northern bypass.

“We (UNRA) have agreed on the alignment of the bypass. We are trying to gazette the right-of-way to freeze anymore development in the corridor,” says Luyimbazi.

The bypass will be constructed concurrently with the Kampala- Jinja expressway. The finance ministry, he says, has promised to advance funds for compensation well in advance so that the contractor finds unencumbered right-of-way.

Construction of the bypass is estimated at $250m (about sh663.75b). “It will be funded under a PPP, with the government financing compensation for the right-of-way,” says Alinange. “We hope to start the process of resettlement and land acquisition next 2013-14 FY.”

However, with Uganda lacking an enabling law on PPP, the projects may not kick-start in the estimated period. For example, UNRA has not yet started on procuring contractors, among others.

This, Alinange says, will not stop UNRA from starting the process of land acquisition.

The Kampala-Mpigi expressway

Another road project to be constructed under a PPP is the 40km Kampala- Mpigi expressway, estimated to cost between $300m- $350m (sh796.5b- sh929.3b).

The road will lock into the Kampala- Entebbe expressway through a junction near Busega. “We are still discussing with the ministry of finance on when its construction should start,” says Luyimbazi. “We are preparing the compensation figures, but it cost about sh70b.”

The detailed design for the road will be finalised by the end of this 2012-13 FY before sourcing for funds commences.

The Kampala- Bombo expressway

This completes the list of four multibillion road projects intended to ease mobility and trade around the central Uganda axis.

Through international bidding, UNRA is seeking to procure a consultant to prepare a design for the Kampala- Bombo expressway, says Luyimbazi.

“We plan to hire a consultant to begin its design by October 2013,” he says. “It is still too early to estimate the construction and compensation costs.”

Like the Kampala- Jinja expressway, Southern bypass and the Kampala- Mpigi expressway, the Kampala- Bombo expressway will also be financed through a PPP.
 

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Great looking designs
 

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Here comes Uganda he shoots and he scores, Uganda what happening, your West African brother in da house. That road design looks breathtaking. Africans come on let take the world by storm, once that oil man start flowing lets hope you guys make good use of it, I am out.
 

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The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is expected to begin construction of the remaining 17.5 kilometer single lane of the northern bypass this year.

UNRA, Public Relations Officer, Daniel Alinange says currently they are in the process of procuring a contractor and land for the remaining stretch of the road.
http://news.ugo.co.ug/unra-begin-construction-northern-bypass-single-lane-year/
 

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I lived in UG a few years ago and I went back to visit last December. The city has developed so much.

Having said that, I thought there was already a northern bypass. Whenever I rove in the direction of Gulu/Nimulee, I remember seeing a road on the outskirts of Kampala that resembles the render on this page.
 

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I lived in UG a few years ago and I went back to visit last December. The city has developed so much.

Having said that, I thought there was already a northern bypass. Whenever I rove in the direction of Gulu/Nimulee, I remember seeing a road on the outskirts of Kampala that resembles the render on this page.
The Northern bypass exists. The latest articles are about expanding this road.

I've never understood why they built most of this bypass as a single carriage road.
 

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Kenguy,

Good point. Plus just about all roads in Uganda (at least when I lived there) were single carriage ways. The one exception was a stretch of road that bypasses Jinja Town.
 

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Kenguy,

Good point. Plus just about all roads in Uganda (at least when I lived there) were single carriage ways. The one exception was a stretch of road that bypasses Jinja Town.
Not all roads are single carriageways. The likes of Kampala road, Bombo, Entebbe roads and stretches of the Northern bypass etc are dual carriageways. Problem is there should be more of these than is currently the case...most annoying are the major arteries out of Kampala (save for Entebbe road) that are single carriageways.
 
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