Unra closes off cracked Jinja Nile bridge for repairs

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Jinja Nile Bridge

On Monday, Uganda National Roads Authority [UNRA] kicked off works to replace the defective asphalt layer on the Source of The Nile Bridge in Jinja.

The roads authority said this will go on till July this year.

“We continue to urge all road users to use the availed diversions & to follow traffic guidelines on site,” Unra tweeted.

Management, however, denied that more defects have developed on the Shs390b new Source of Nile Bridge in Jinja District, explaining that the ongoing works are in respect of replacing the old temporary layer with a permanent one.

The authorities were forced to divert Jinja-bound traffic to the old Nalubaale Bridge to allow maintenance works.

Unra public relations officer, Mark Ssali, said engineers are removing the old asphalt material which failed to be compatible with water proof materials.

“We are replacing the asphalts which failed and we started with the two lanes,” he told Daily Monitor.

He added: “We are going to wait for the waterproof materials to dry because we are replacing with new asphalts which are compatible with waterproof materials that had failed at first.”

He said the engineers promised to finish the work in about two months and the bridge will be ready for use by July 10.

“There is nothing such as cracks on the bridge as speculated, the structure is intact. It is just like removing an old carpet in your house and replacing it with a new one. That will cost no extra tax payer’s money,’’ he explained.  

The head of bridges and structures at Unra, Lawrence Pario, said they only replaced the surface which was most affected, but this time, the contractor is removing the entire surface and putting something new.

The new Nile Bridge was commissioned last October with a lifespan of 120 years.

It was constructed by Zenitaka Corporation and Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company from Japan and South Korea.

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