Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has launched road reconstruction works in Lubaga division aimed at improving Lubiri Ring and Nabulagala roads to motorable standards to facilitate free and smooth flow of traffic.
With a total length of 3.5km Lubiri Ring Road will cost sh11.7 billion while Nabulagala with 1.6km length will cost sh8.9 billion.
Abubaker Technical Services and Sterling Civil Engineering Limited have been contracted to work on the two roads respectively.
The two-road works are fully funded by the Government of Uganda under the Uganda Road Fund.
The state of the two roads has of recent seriously deteriorated with many potholes, poor or no drainage in some sections.
Upon completion, the roads will have walkways, security lights, and covered drains. Additionally, Lubiri Ring Road will have cycling lanes.
The state minister for Kampala Hon Kabuye Kyofatogabye challenged the contractors to deliver quality work.
“We expect timely implementation of this project and it must be quality work,” Kyofatogabye said.
The minister warned residents against theft of construction materials and fuel, saying it would lead to delays in the completion of the project and shoddy work.
Kampala City Lord Mayor His Worship Erias Lukwago talked tough on shoddy work and warned contractors.
“We expect you to comply with the required standards. We don’t expect shoddy work from you, why can’t you construct a road to last 50 years?” Lukwago said.
He called for more funding to roads’ sector in the city.
“Our roads budget has been cut by sh40bn. This is not good. We have to invest in roads massively,” Lukwago said.
The KCCA Executive Director, Dorothy Kisaka commended the central government for funding road infrastructure improvements in the city.
The construction works are expected to be completed in the next eight months for Lubiri Ring Road and six months for Nabulagala road.
“I urge you [contractors] to fast track this work. One of the most annoying things in Kampala is delay of projects and services. Hasten the works so that there is value for money and citizens benefit,” Kisaka said.
Kisaka also informed the people of Lubaga of other road developments that will be coming soon under the African Development Bank (AfDB) funded Kampala City Roads Rehabilitation project.
These include; Wamala, Mutesa I, Old Mubende, Canon Apollo Kivebulaya, Bulange junction, Kigala and Muzito roads.
Others are Ssuna II, Kasubi Nothern Bypass, Salaama, Mugema, Masiro and Sentema road.
All these roads will be worked on in the next three years and some of projects are expected to start in eight months’ time.