Government is considering electrifying of Entebbe expressway fence to put to an end the vandalism of road infrastructure, according to a declaration by President Yoweri Museveni.
The President made the remarks while commissioning the Kampala Entebbe Expressway at Mpala toll station in Wakiso District on Friday evening. The function was also graced by Wang Yang, Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
Museveni notes that electrifying the fence will minimize the burden of maintaining the vandalized road infrastructures which costs a lot of funds to maintain. Cameras will also be installed to ease monitoring of activities along the road.
The equipment usually vandalized, according the Uganda National Roads Authority – UNRA, includes guard rails and road signs.
The president also reminded motorists who wish to use the road that they will have to pay a yet to be determined amount of money because the expressway was built as a toll road, under the public private partnership.
The tolling section, according to Uganda National Roads Authority, measures 25 km running from Busega through Kajjansi to Abayita Ababiri (Mpala).
Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, the state Minister for Works, says the toll fee will be fixed after enactment of the Road Toll Bill. Road tolling is a form of road pricing, on either a public or private roadway, typically implemented to help recover the cost of road construction and maintenance.
Wang Yang, the Chinese government official who presided over the commissioning of the Expressway is optimistic that the road will boost industrialization in Uganda since it would reduce time goods spend in transit from Entebbe to Kampala.
The 49.56 km highway connects Kampala city to Entebbe International Airport was constructed with a loan of up to USD 476 million (about 1.8 trillion shillings) from the Exim Bank of China constructed by the China communication Construction Company (CCCC).
According to the findings of Committee of Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE), the road has costed Uganda $9.2 million per kilometer over and above the average $2 million per kilometer road.
Meanwhile, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians will not be allowed to use the newly constructed road when it is officially opened.
The government of Uganda is to put up more for expressway Enhance efficient passenger and freight operations, improve mobility, reduce travel times, vehicle operating costs and accident rates. The four includes the Kampala-Jinja Expressway (KJE), Kampala-Busunju Expressway, Kampala-Busega-Mpigi Expressway, Kampala Outerbelt and Kampala-Bombo Expressway.