Rainfall Worsens State of Ayugi Bridge

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John Bosco Ocan, the Amuru District LC Vice Chairperson, says the state of the bridge worsened under heavy rains and traffic after big Lorries started plying it in search for tree logs and other agro produce.

The state of Ayugi Bridge that connects Amuru and Adjumani districts has worsened following the heavy down pour in the region. The bridge located approximately 50 kilometers North East of Pabbo Trading Centre links Pabbo budding business township with Pakele Sub County in Adjumani district via Pogo Sub County.

 
The bridge crosses over the fast flowing Ayugi River, which is approximately seven meters wide and 10 meters deep. It snakes through Nwoya, Amuru and Adjumani districts before pouring into River Unyama and subsequently the Nile River. 

 
Ayugi Bridge started developing cracks two years ago before it lost parts of its metallic rails to bad driving. It is unclear when the bridge was built. John Bosco Ocan, the Amuru District LC Vice Chairperson, says the state of the bridge worsened under heavy rains and traffic after big Lorries started plying it in search for tree logs and other agro produce.

He says the bridge is threatened by repeated incidents of floods. Michael Lakony, the Amuru District LC V Chairperson, says they have already notified Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA and requested them to assess the fitness of the bridge for traffic. He says drivers are being advised to adhere to the recommended tonnage while driving past the bridge to prevent accidents.

 
According to Lakony, the bridge has developed numerous cracks under its belly and sides triggering fears that it will collapse someday. Last year, heavy rains washed Unyama Bridge, which connects Atiak Sub County and Palabek in Lamwo district cutting off traffic for several months