Addresing public concerns
Maya-Kamengo stretch has become a death trapThe New Vision, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Page 13Kampala-Masaka Highway between Maya and Kamengo is progressively narrowing and getting dangerous every other day, with an average of four accidents daily! It is narrow, potholed and the sides are eroded. There are gullies along some stretches making the road very risky to use.Who is directly responsible for this road?Tony Bukenya from Katende
UNRA ResponseKampala-Masaka road is under reconstruction. The reconstruction of the Kampala – Nsangi and Kamengo-Lukaya (63km) was completed in July 2012. Works on Nsangi-Kamengo and Lukaya-Masaka sections are ongoing and 10km out of 51 have been completed. Maintenance works are also carried out on this road in order to keep it in a good motorable condition during the reconstruction period.Physical works involve reconstruction and widening of the entire road to 11m carriageway road including shoulders, realigning of bends, constructing of climbing lanes, parking lanes, bus bays and junctions, and installation of new road signs and marking.
UNRA should be more seriousThe Observer, Monday, February 18-19, 2013, Page 8It has been known for a long while that Entebbe road would be expanded. The same is true of the Kampala-Malaba/Busia highway. Why then has UNRA casually watched over the years as new buildings popped up on what should have been reserved for future roads? Do they really believe that it will cost them less that way?Some seriousness ought to be exercised by the powers that be in matters of national interest!Paget Kintu
UNRA ResponseUNRA started operation in July 2008 and inherited a number of problems on our roads including encroachment on the road reserves.UNRA has started the process of reclaiming road reserves for future expansion of roads.The new road reserves are being marked using concrete markers and the public is being sensitized to vacate marked reserves.
When will work on roads marked for repair/construction start?
Daily Monitor, February 6, 2013, Page 12For a number of years, Mpigi via Kinoni through Ssembabule road has been indicated in budget readings as one of those roads to be tarmacked.In fact at one time, President Museveni went and commissioned the beginning of the work on this road. Sadly, the repairs have still not yet taken off.This is the same case with a number of roads in different parts of the country.Leonard Kakinda
UNRA ResponseIt is not true that President Museveni commissioned works for upgrading of Mpigi-Maddu –Ssembabule to tarmac. What is true is that this road has been on our programme for upgrading to tarmac for the last three financial years. UNRA carried out the design and procured a contractor but unfortunately due to budget constraints, government could not raise the necessary funds for this project. The road is now under procurement through Contractor Facilitated Financing (contractors will raise the required funds) and upgrading works are expected to commence in FY 2013/14.
Fix black spots on roadsDaily Monitor, February 1, 2013, Page 11 There are many known black spots on various roads in Uganda where accidents commonly occur.Why doesn’t government do something about them? Find out why accidents keep occurring in those spots without a solution being found to the problem. We should not simply sit back and watch while accidents re-occur in the same places.Jackie Mugabi
UNRA ResponseIt is true that a number of black spots have been identified on our roads and UNRA with the help of partners has improved some of these spots. A number of black spots have been improved on Kampala-Jinja Highway with the assistance of the World Bank. Black spots on Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara roads have been removed under the ongoing reconstruction of this road with support of the European Union. Other roads where black spots have been improved include Kampala-Mityana and Jinja-Bugiri.
State of Kihihi-Kanungu road hurts UWA tooNew Vision, Monday, January 14, 2013, Page 19 Uganda wildlife Authority have fervently sought the assistance of our sister agency UNRA for the last several months to have the road rehabilitated and we believe that something will soon be done about it.By Lillian NsubugaPublic Relations ManagerUganda wildlife Authority
UNRA Response:This road is currently undergoing periodic maintenance and it is one of the roads earmarked for tarmacking under Contractor Facilitated Financing starting 2014.
UNRA Road SlabsSunday Monitor, January 6, 2013, Page 25 Newly resurfaced roads like Kabale-Kisoro, Karuma- Arua, and Kampala-Masindi have concrete slabs a few feet from the road with UNRA written on them. I am told they cost more than UShs2million each! If it is true they cost that much, the road from Kampala to Arua requires more than 5,000 slabs on each side which amounts to 10,000 slabs and UShs10bn.Federica Nshemereirwe
UNRA ResponseThe concrete slabs mentioned by the writer are ‘Road Reserve Markers’. They are not ‘wastage’ because they are purposely installed to protect land acquired by UNRA for not only future road expansion but also for road safety. Acquisition of land for infrastructure development is becoming more and more expensive, leading to delays of road projects; future acquisition of land is projected to cost more than the actual physical construction of roads.We must protect the land already paid for by UNRA. The Road Reserve Markers are not expensive as alleged by the writer and do not cost anything near UShs2m
Dan AlinangeHead, Corporate CommunicationsUganda National Roads Authority