KCC earmarks 14 billion shillings for city road repairs

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Kampala City Council has allocated 14 billion shillings towards the repair of some City roads. The funds are to be used to maintain and expand part of the 300 road kilometer network that is managed by KCC. Ruth Kijjambu the KCC Town Clerk says the City roads are to be repaired in phases. Many of the roads that have been targeted in the 1st phase are in appalling conditions with potholes that have rendered them impassable. They include Allen road which stretches from Namirembe, via the New Taxi Park, Shauliyako and joins Kyagwe road. Allen road is located in the Central Business District. This is where trucks offload their goods. It is also an avenue for buses that operate within the Park. KCC also plans to carry out repairs on Kampala and Namirembe roads an access route for vehicles coming into Kampala City. Kijjambu says the process of procuring contractors is now complete and awaits the award of the tenders within the next one month. //Cue in: iEven when we carry# Cue out: #the end of December.i// The Town Clerk says that the repairs are part of a wider maintenance and upgrading exercise. KCC plans to carry out heavy maintenance works on 71.8 kilometers of roads and upgrade 6 kilometers from murram to tarmac. According to KCC all the roads in Kampala have outlived their lifespan of 15 years. Most of these roads were built over 50 years ago. Kijjambu says that the repairs are only temporary since a permanent solution is way out of the resources of Council. Last year Government spent 40 billion shillings to repair only 15 kilometers of the City's strategic roads prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

 

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