EU Commissions Roads, Cautions about Road Safety

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The EU commissioner warned that poor driving at excessive speeds is a recipe for accidents on the otherwise good road infrastructure.

The European Union Commissioner for Development Cooperation, Andris Piebalgs, has cautioned the government of Uganda to keep the roads safe and properly maintained.
 
Piebalgs was officially opening a completed section of the re-constructed Masaka- Mbarara highway on Wednesday. Upon completion, the Masaka – Mbarara highway will cost an estimated € 117 million approximately UGX 460 billion.
 
The Masaka - Mbarara is a central section of the vital Northern Corridor Route, which links the economies of East Africa and the Great Lakes region with the Indian Ocean.
 
The EU commissioner however said that good road infrastructure is vital for sustainable development, but warned that poor driving at excessive speeds is a recipe for accidents on the otherwise good road infrastructure.
 
He said adequate maintenance of the roads is fundamental.
 
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A press statement issued by the European Union delegation press office on Thursday says that the re-construction of sections of northern corridor is part of the European Union's commitment to facilitate the improvement of transport conditions and shortening travel times for goods and persons. 
 
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Commissioner Piebalgs also commissioned the start of works on the Mbarara – Katuna highway, the last 124km stretch of the vital northern corridor in Uganda.
 
The European Commission has earmarked 122 million Euro, approximately UGX 480 billion, to finance the rehabilitation of the Mbarara - Katuna Road, making this project the largest road project funded by the EU.
 
It complements other interventions along the Northern Corridor Route undertaken by the GoU and supported by the EDF. These include the completed Jinja – Bugiri road and the Kampala Northern Bypass and the Mbarara – Ntungamo - Katuna road.
 
Good infrastructure can turn a relatively small land-locked market of 32 million people into truly embracing the EAC common market of over 130 million, the EU commissioner noted.