Japanese to start in January on bridge

KAMPALA, Uganda-The government has announced that construction of the new bridge across River Nile at Jinja will start in January 2014. 

The State Minister of Works Engineer, John Byabagambi officiated at the signing of contracts between Uganda National Roads Authority and Zenitaka Corporation of Japan and Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company from South Korea last week.  

 “The signing of this contractual agreement is a good gesture to the government of Uganda when it comes to infrastructure development.  The new bridge will solve the transport challenges in the East African community countries because the  Jinja-  Kampala highway is very vital to the business communities in the members states” he said.

 The new bridge is expected to cost about $130 million with most of funding being provided by the Japanese government. Four years are marked until completion.

According to Eng. Kimeze  Ssebugga, the acting UNRA Executive Director, the new bridge will ease  traffic on the aging Nalubaale  Bridge  that connects  Uganda to the east and the coast.

 He said the new bridge will comprise of a dual carriageway. It will be a single –plane cable stay bridge.

Yasutaka Honda. the General Manager of Zenitaka Corporation said their company will do a quality job.

 He said they will also make sure that construction is completed within the stipulated period of four years.

 The life span of the new bridge is expected to be 100 years.