KCCA to Install Traffic Lights on Nankulabye, Kira Roads

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The Kampala Capital City Authority KCCA has embarked on installing traffic lights in 32 junctions in different parts of the city.

The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has embarked on installing traffic lights in 32 junctions in different parts of the city.

KCCA recently installed modern traffic lights at Fairway Junction on Yusuf Lule Road and it will soon install signals at the Kabira Junction on Kira Road, Mambule Road in Bwaise, Makerere Hill Road, and Bakuli-Nakulabye-Kasubi Road among others. Most of these roads have been expanded from the initial two lanes to four lanes.

KCCA spokesperson Peter Kaujju says the installation will start as soon as the road works are completed.
"This will improve on mobility and save time that people spend on the road since it controls the traffic flow. It will also reduce on congestion on the roads," he says.

Currently many of the junctions are confusing to both motorists and pedestrians as there is no proper guidance of usage. At Kabira Junction for instance, without police officers manning the junction to direct traffic, many motorists get stuck and end up causing traffic jam.
Kaujju says traffic lights will replace many roundabouts with time, stating that the lights being installed are modern, with buttons for a pedestrian to press when he/she wants to cross the road.

The lights are part of the World Bank-funded Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project (KIIDP) worth 653 billion Shillings.

Charles Tumwebaze, the KIIDIP project coordinator, states that the lights to be installed in more than 30 junctions are already in the country and it is only the supporting arms that are on the way.


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