Paving of the 62-kilometer Soroti-Dokolo Road has been delayed by the post election violence in Kenya.
Dan Kitakule, the spokesperson of the Road Agency Formation Unit, says the violence in Kenya made it difficult for China Road and Bridge Corporation, the company which was contracted to build the road, to transport its heavy machinery from Mombasa to the construction base in Soroti.
Work on the 62-kilometre road stretch linking Soroti to Lira was earlier scheduled to begin in November last year, but has been delayed by the floods, and the fuel crisis.
Kitakule says that as the crisis in Kenya settles, the contractor is in the meantime clearing the roadsides pending the arrival of the roadside equipment.
The 70 billion-shilling Soroti-Dokolo Road project is expected to be complete in 30 months.
Meanwhile, the Road Agency Formation Unit is in the process of assessing bids for the construction of a 60-kilometer road stretch between Dokolo and Lira.
If complete, the Soroti-Lira-Dokolo highway will be a major route for travelers from Kenya to Southern Sudan, Northern Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.