Barely a month into the construction of the planned six lane road from Kitgum House to Nakawa, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) officials have admitted that six lanes are not feasible for the whole stretch earmarked for reconstruction.
The authority now says the six lanes will be only from the Lugogo Cricket grounds stretch through to Nakawa. The rest from Kitgum House to Uganda Management Institute (UMI) will remain a five lane road. They attribute the change of plan to the existing horizontal alignments (buildings) along the road. Creation of six lanes would involve tearing down some of the buildings adjacent to the road, something KCCA says is currently not feasible.
KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi had earlier announced that the road would be expanded to six lanes to ease the flow of traffic into the city. The project that was meant to take off by August only started this month after delays from the Solicitor General approving the contract and the contractor, EnergoProjekt delayed scrutinizing the construction plans.
KCCA’s Deputy Spokesperson Robert Kalumba told local media that the six lanes were not feasible due to the buildings occupying the sides of Jinja road but added that the contrsution works will allow for six lanes from the Lugogo Bypass onwards.