President Yoweri Museveni on Monday stopped his convoy enroute to make an on-spot inspection of Kampala-Entebbe Expressway.
Presidential press secretary, Lindah Nabusayi, said Museveni stopped his vehicle to check out progress on the Entebbe–Kampala Expressway, on his way from working tour in Wakiso district.
“He made a sudden stop between Kajjansi and Kaboja to check out progress on the Entebbe- Kampala Express Highway,” she said.
The Entebbe–Kampala Expressway, also known as the “Kampala–Entebbe Expressway” or the “Entebbe–Kampala Highway”, is a four-lane toll highway under construction in the Central Region of Uganda.
The highway will link Entebbe International Airport, the country’s largest civilian and military airport, to Kampala, the country’s capital and largest metropolitan area.
The highway starts at Entebbe International Airport and continues to Abayita Ababiri, go through Akright City, Kajjansi, and Kabojja, and end at Busega, where it will join the Kampala Northern Bypass Highway, a distance of approximately 37.23 kilometres (23.13 mi).
A spur will branch off the highway at Kajjansi to connect to Munyonyo, a suburb of Kampala, located on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, a distance of about 14.13 kilometres (8.78 mi).
The entire highway is a four-lane, dual carriage expressway, with limited access.
The existing road, known as the Kampala–Entebbe Road, or simply Entebbe Road, is narrow, congested, and poorly suited to handle the heavy traffic traversing it.
The new expressway will be a toll-road, with vehicles that use it needing electronic billing devices.
In 2009, the government of Uganda (GOU) began consultations with the government of the People’s Republic of China regarding the construction of a four-lane (dual-carriage) highway connecting Entebbe and Kampala.
In November 2010, the two governments signed an agreement where the Chinese government, through the Exim Bank of China, would lend up to US$350 million for the construction of the highway, repayable over forty years.