Unra demolishes houses on Kampala bypass

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UNRA demolishing structures on bypass

Uganda National Roads Authority [UNRA] enforcement team on Wednesday morning carried out a demolition of structures at Kalerwe and Bivamuntuuyo market areas.

According to UNRA, this is to pave way for expansion works on the Kampala Northern Bypass project.

Uganda Media Centre said all the affected parties in this exercise have been duly compensated, informed and engaged on this development.

The Kampala Northern Bypass Highway, often referred to as the Northern Bypass, forms a semicircle across the northern suburbs of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city.

The road was constructed to relieve traffic congestion within the city centre, allowing cross-country traffic to bypass the city’s downtown area.

The bypass stretches from Namboole, approximately 11 kilometres (7 mi) to the east of downtown Kampala.

The highway winds through the suburbs of Naalya, Kiwaatule, Kulambiro, Kigoowa, Bukoto, Mulago, Makerere, Bwaise, Kawaala, and Namungoona, to end at Busega, approximately 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) west of the city.

The highway measures approximately 22 kilometres (14 mi) in length.

The bypass opened to traffic on 1 October 2009. Constructed between 2004 and 2009, the bypass is about 22 kilometres (14 mi) long.

The project was funded by the European Union and the Uganda government.

In August 2012, Ugandan print media reported that expansion of the bypass to dual carriageway for its entire length would begin in early 2013.

Funding for the expansion is being provided by the European Investment Bank, the European Union, and the Ugandan government.

In May 2014, the Uganda National Roads Authority awarded the construction contract for the expansion to Mota-Engil, Engenharia E Construcao SA, a subsidiary of the Mota-Engil civil engineering and construction conglomerate based in Portugal.

Construction was expected to start in June 2014 and last 30 months.

On 23 February 2015, the widening of the bypass was officially launched. Construction costs are budgeted at €67.4 million.

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