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Why CCCC on Kampala- Entebbe Expressway is credible

Why CCCC on Kampala- Entebbe Expressway is credible
Much as the construction of Kampala-Entebbe- Expressway has been underway for a while, skeptics think the projects’ artistic impressions UNRA has published are phony, while others cannot imagine a Chinese firm pulling off a project of such a magnitude.
Whilst translating those same impressions on to the ground, the Contractor—China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) has already set a record in Uganda by completing a road construction project six months ahead of time when they built Lira –Dokolo – Soroti Road.
In the Peoples’ Republic of China, CCCC is a leading state-owned construction firm with demonstrable competencies in the designing and construction of ports, terminals, navigational channels, roads, bridges, railways, and tunnels with experience spanning several decades of executing projects around the world and at home where it has designed and constructed over 25% of the state expressway trunk roads.
CCCC has designed and built 10 out of the 26 bridges with a span of over 1000 meters around the world; it possesses the largest port/river dredging equipment fleet in China, and it is the largest container crane manufacturer in the world, with more than 75% of a worldwide market share, while it is a force in China’s railway construction market.
By actively participating in the international contracting market, CCCC now enjoys a high reputation in the Asian, African and American markets while it remains the largest all-round international contractor in China.
CCCC has won various awards including 23 National prizes for Scientific and Technical Advancement, 126 Provincial level prizes for Scientific and Technical Advancement, 34 China Zhantianyou prizes for Civil Engineering, and 46 China Luban prizes for Architecture Engineering.
Others are 36 National prizes for Excellent Quality Project (including 4 Golden prizes) and 19 National prizes for Excellent Investigation and Design.
It has established and edited 70% of National standards for road and water transportation industry, including 21 National level constriction methods.
The skeptics should hence rather be supportive of the implementation of this project, cooperate with those engaged in the construction and will certainly do better to seek for and get truthful information about public projects.
Justin K. Ojangole
Publisher UNRA Magazine
2Much as the construction of Kampala-Entebbe- Expressway has been underway for a while, skeptics think the projects’ artistic impressions UNRA has published are phony, while others cannot imagine a Chinese firm pulling off a project of such a magnitude.Whilst translating those same impressions on to the ground, the Contractor—China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) has already set a record in Uganda by completing a road construction project six months ahead of time when they built Lira –Dokolo – Soroti Road.In the Peoples’ Republic of China, CCCC is a leading state-owned construction firm with demonstrable competencies in the designing and construction of ports, terminals, navigational channels, roads, bridges, railways, and tunnels with experience spanning several decades of executing projects around the world and at home where it has designed and constructed over 25% of the state expressway trunk roads.CCCC has designed and built 10 out of the 26 bridges with a span of over 1000 meters around the world; it possesses the largest port/river dredging equipment fleet in China, and it is the largest container crane manufacturer in the world,

Upcoming Projects

 

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The roads below are ready for construction. These projects will commence in 2012.

Road Name - Length (Km) - Remarks
1 Mbarara – Kikagati 75.0 Contract awarded. Physical works will commence in February 2012. Funded by Government of Uganda Tax Payers.

OUR NATIONAL ROAD NETWORK IS GETTING BETTER

OUR NATIONAL ROAD NETWORK IS GETTING BETTER
Uganda has a comprehensive road network, currently comprising of National Roads (20,000kms), District Roads (13,000kms) Urban Roads (2,800kms) and Community Roads (about 30,000kms). These roads serve to interconnect communities and districts and link land locked Uganda to neighbouring countries. Uganda National Roads Authority is in charge of the National Roads (20,000kms).
Since its formation in July 2008, UNRA has taken a big step in the provision and maintenance of National Roads in a more efficient and effective manner.
As you travel upcountry, you can see observable evidence that our roads are getting better and Uganda National Roads Authority has started delivering on its mandate. UNRA is determined to contribute to national development through better and safe roads.
There are approximately 1000km of major roads currently under construction. These include Kabale-Kisoro (100km), Kampala-Gayaza-Zirobwe (42km) Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara (300km), Phase two Kawempe- Kafu road (166km), Kampala-Mityana (57km), Fort Portal-Bundibugyo (103km), Nyakahita-Ibanda-Fort Portal (208km), Soroti-Mbale-Tororo (140km) and Jinja-Kamuli (69km).
This FY 2011/12, physical construction/rehabilitation of almost 1,000km of roads will start. These include Mbarara-Kikagati (75km), Gulu-Atiak- Nimule (104km), Vurra-Oraba (92km), Mbarara-Katuna (154km), Malaba/ Busia-Bugiri (82km), (90km), Ishaka-Kagamba (72km), Mukono-Jinja (80km), Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya (77km) and Kampala-Entebbe Highway.
Procurement of most of these roads is complete or in advanced stages. UNRA has also embarked on feasibility studies to design a total of over 2000kms of new road upgrading projects in various parts of the country. The second Nile Bridge at Jinja is also under design for construction.

Uganda has a comprehensive road network, currently comprising of National Roads (20,000kms), District Roads (13,000kms) Urban Roads (2,800kms) and Community Roads (about 30,000kms). These roads serve to interconnect communities and districts and link land locked Uganda to neighbouring countries. Uganda National Roads Authority is in charge of the National Roads (20,000kms). 

Busega-Masaka road works defy challenges

Busega-Masaka road works defy challenges
AIC Progetti Resident Engineer supervising RCC explains the essence of what amounts to ‘‘unsatisfactory work’’
The Contractor for Busega (Kampala)-Masaka road project is making good progress, as a team of participants in the 7th Joint Transport Sector Review found on October 27, when they visited the site.
The project under Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) was originally designed as Busega (Kampala) - Mbarara (150miles) but because the necessary resources were not adequate, it was divided into the phases of Mbarara-Masaka and Masaka-(Kampala) Busega…it is part of the northern corridor from Mombasa to Kigali.
The government of Uganda is funding the Masaka-Busega (Kampala) project, and again because outright funding for the entire project could not be found, the priority in the execution of the works has been given to the worst failed sections first.
Nati Soudry is the RCC Site Engineer explains that the approach to rebuilding this road is through initially rebuilding the badly stressed sections; the approach to Nsangi which has been characterized by sharp bends in the road has now been re-aligned. On the whole, starting at Busega roundabout and ending close to 11.5km just after Nsangi, the pavement has been recycled and used as the sub-base, the first layer of the road.
Between Kamengo and Lukaya, road is largely complete, save for the wearing course that remains to be laid; it is a class one seven- metre wide road; the shoulders are two metres wide on either side and 0.3metres have been included on either side to compensate for the space taken by the road markings; road furniture were installed in November.
Renos Ellinas the AIC Progetti Resident Engineer supervising RCC said the project was designed by Gibb Africa Ltd many years ago and explained the essence of what amounts to unsatisfactory work. In most cases, the cost of the project is higher than the budget for its execution, in which event, a few items are chopped off the specifications so as to fit the job into the budget, “…as the job works carry on, you realize you cannot do it the way it has been designed; so you end up with the cost going up…in some cases by up to 300%.”
It is not the designer who is at fault… the client could indeed be aware of the anomaly, namely that numerous nitty-gritty have been left out of the design, but end up looking for the money to complete the job; many quantities were under designed and quite a number left out altogether in the case of Busega (Kampala)-Masaka road.
The Project Engineer, John Malingha-Higenyi admits to the aspect of trying to beat the budget, explaining that it all depends on the situation of the funding agency and whether the government has extra funds to top up so as to have a comprehensive job done.
He elaborated that UNRA was separating the cost of testing on the road from the professional fees; investigations will now be carried out without competing on those funds so as to minimize the surprises that could manifest at the construction time.
Ellinas further elaborated that whereas the original contract identified 70 accesses to the project, 270 accesses have had to be built--- in the implementation of section two, including the markets and parking. As for the recommended culverts extensions, the contractor has found that concrete and metal culverts were used side by side which necessitates the ripping away of such entire structures, yet whereas the design was 600mm, current regulations demand for 900mm culverts, which have to be complied with…; the requirement for the climbing lanes has also turned out to be much more than the design had indicated.
Other delays, hence increased execution costs result from delays in identifying the affected bona fide property owners because of poor documentation, hence the identification of ownership is not always straight forward; not the fault of the contractor though.

AIC Progetti Resident Engineer supervising RCC explains the essence of what amounts to ‘‘unsatisfactory work’’
The Contractor for Busega (Kampala)-Masaka road project is making good progress, as a team of participants in the 7th Joint Transport Sector Review found on October 27, when they visited the site.The project under Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) was originally designed as Busega (Kampala) - Mbarara (150miles) but because the necessary resources were not adequate, it was divided into the phases of Mbarara-Masaka and Masaka-(Kampala) Busega…it is part of the northern corridor from Mombasa to

Axle Load Control

Axle Load Control
UNRA is in the process of acquiring six new fixed weigh-in-motion weighbridges
Over loading, relative to legal load limits is widespread, yet it significantly accelerates the rate of road pavement deterioration leading to increased vehicle operating costs, travel times, and erosion of Government investment in road assets.
Overloading of heavy goods commercial vehicles, typically ranging from 10 – 50%, has led to the accelerated deterioration of roads which is dearly costly to the Ugandan Taxpayer.
The Traffic and Road Safety (Weighbridges) Regulations, 1998 and the Uganda National Roads Authority Act, 2007 demands of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to preserve the national roads infrastructure.
Accordingly, UNRA operates seven weighbridge stations located at Busia, Busitema, Lukaya, Mbarara, Mubende, Mbale and Luwero; the 8th station, at Magamaga (along Jinja – Iganga road) is still under construction. Out of the 8 weighbridges, 4 weighbridges at Luwero, Magamaga, Mbarara and Busia are fixed.
During the FY 2010/11, a variety of axle load control achievements were realised:
• Four mobile (Lukaya, Mubende, Busitema (Namutere) and Mbale) and two fixed (Mbarara (Makenke) and Busia) weighbridges were operated.
• Weighbridge platforms/pads constructed at Mubende, Lukaya, Busitema and Mbale stations.
• Four No weigh-in- motion weighbridges, two Vans and 10 generators procured.
• Two weigh-in-motion weighbridges procured and one of them to be fixed at Busitema weighbridge station to replace the old portable weighbridge.
• Construction works on the Luwero weighbridge were substantially completed on 31st August 2010 and commenced operations.
• The physical progress of works at Magamaga weighbridge was 90%.
• Procurement of weighbridges for the four border posts ongoing.
• A total of 169,477 vehicles were weighed.
Out of these, 54% were found overloaded above the legal limits. Those found overloaded were fined a total of UGX 473.150 million.
In order to improve the efficiency, reliability and transparency of the operations at the existing weighbridge stations, UNRA is in the process of acquiring six new fixed weigh-inmotion weighbridges, two WANs, 10 generators and IT equipment and systems.
The new weighbridge equipment will be used to replace all the mobile weighbridges currently in use and increase coverage of weighbridge stations on vital links like Fort –Portal Hima, Karuma-Pakwach and Soroti-Dokolo roads.
The IT facilitates will be installed at six weighbridge locations and will comprise the following items: CCTV cameras to record weighbridge operations; display monitors for truck drivers to note the axle weights; automatic vehicle registration number recognition system, computers, a router for internet connectivity over the WAN and a switch for LAN.
In addition, there will be a server at UNRA Headquarters for storing the integrated data base for the six weighbridge stations; these facilities will enhance the monitoring of activities in the field in real time.

UNRA is in the process of acquiring six new fixed weigh-in-motion weighbridges

 Over loading, relative to legal load limits is widespread, yet it significantly accelerates the rate of road pavement deterioration leading to increased vehicle operating costs, travel times, and erosion of Government investment in road assets.Overloading of heavy goods commercial vehicles, typically ranging from 10 – 50%, has led to the accelerated deterioration of roads which is dearly costly to the

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