The long awaited construction of the Kampala â€“ Entebbe Express Highway is now expected to start this month, first with the compensation of property owners along the 36km stretch. UNRA spokesperson Dan Alinange says the roads authority would spend up to 100 billion shillings in the compensations and about one trillion on the road construction.
According to the Spokesman of the Uganda National Roads Authority – UNRA, Dan Alinange, the evaluation process has already been completed and the money for compensation also secured.
Alinange told Uganda Radio Network at his office in Wandegeya that UNRA would spend up to 100 billion shillings in the compensations that will start next week. He said that the plan is to finish the entire compensation this ending financial year so that the construction itself starts in July this year.
The overall cost of the construction is expected to be 470 million dollars, an equivalent of about one trillion Uganda shillings.
The Entebbe – Kampala Express Highway is expected to improve on trade, transport and communication with the outside world. It will also help close the gap between the two major towns of Kampala and Entebbe, making them one metropolitan city. Alinange said they also expect the highway to reduce traffic congestion along the route to 20 or 30 minutes, from the current over one hour.
The route, according to road experts from the roads authority, is one of the busiest in the country given the airport is the second biggest border entry point after Malaba because of the huge air traffic.
Alinange said that the road construction is to be finalized in three years. The route will connect to the Northern bypass at Busega, fly over Masaka Road through Kabojja Kinawa area.
UNRA that two years ago was failing to absorb the budget allocated to it has said that this year it is ending the financial year with a debt of 200 billion shillings.
Alinange said the authority will maintain its 1.2 trillion shillings budget for the next financial year.