Lira-Apac Road Repair Set To Start

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Government is finally set to start a major rehabilitation work on Lira-Apac highway that stretches up to Masindi port. The rehabilitation will cost about a billion shillings.

This highway has been impassable for the past two weeks when most major bridges were submerged with water.

Government is finally set to start a major rehabilitation work on Lira-Apac highway that stretches up to Masindi port. The rehabilitation will cost about a billion shillings.
 
This highway has been impassable for the past two weeks when most major bridges were submerged with water.
 
The Rehabilitation of the more than 140 Kilometer stretch kicked in the next two weeks.
 
Engineer Samuel Muhoozi, Uganda National Road Authority station Engineer in charge Lango region says they are in the late stage of awarding the contract to a construction firm to do the work.
 
Muhoozi explains that the work should have started in April this year but the procurement processes delayed.
 
He says during the rehabilitations major changes will be effected including putting of a new layer and rehabilitating major bridges along the road including Aroch Bridge at Aduku Township who is currently submerged with water.
 
Eng.Muhoozi says the rehabilitation will cost about a billion shillings.
 
Jospeh Okello a resident of Aduku Township wondered why the government cannot accept to fund the tarmacking of the highway.
 
Okello says once Lira-Apac-Masindi port highway is tarmacked it will be the shorter route to Kampala for those in the region.
 
Once completed travelers shall begin spending little hours on the road travelling either to Apac or Lira, and reduction of high transport fares that ahs currently been hiked due to poor status of this road.
 
Early this week, drivers operating along Lira-Apac highway announced a new transport fare with major increment on what passengers used to pay.
 
Juma Oloi, a driver that operates along this highway said travelling to Apac from Lira town had been increased from 9,000 shillings to between either 15,000/= and 18,000 shillings, single journey.
 
This is the first time in four years when the government is beginning to rehabilitate the 140km road that was last rehabilitated during the burial of late former president Dr.Apollo Milton Obote in October 2005.
 

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.