Uganda, ADB Move to Finance Busega-Mpigi 4-Lane Expressway

Ugandan officials and ADB representatives at the loan agreement signing ceremony in Kampala on Thursday

Uganda has signed a $150m loan agreement with the African Development Bank to finance the Busega-Mpigi Expressway Road Project, click a vital missing link expected to support the regional integration objective of partner states of the EAC and Great Lakes Region.

ChimpReports understands the project is a multinational operation covering Uganda and Rwanda.

The Rwanda side of the project has the rehabilitation of Kagitumba – Kayonza- Rusumo road (208km), approved which lies in the eastern part of the Country.

The Ugandan section has the construction of the Busega – Mpigi (23.7km) four lane expressway, design review and construction supervision consultancy services, quality assurance, financial and technical audits, studies and institutional support and compensation of project affected persons (PAPs).

At the signing ceremony, Uganda was represented by Finance Minister Hon. Matia Kasaija, Hon Eng Monica Azuba (Works Minister) and the regional ADB representative Mr Gabriel Negatu.

Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) led by the Executive Director, Allen Kagina witnessed the signing ceremony held today Thursday at the Ministry of Finance Headquarters in Kampala.

The Busega- Mpigi Expressway project is located in Central Uganda and forms part of the Northern Corridor.

UNRA said the existing Busega- Mpigi road is currently a two lane tarmac road (one lane in each direction) and is highly congested especially between Busega and Mpigi with over 26,000 vehicles per day.

The road links Uganda to Rwanda and Tanzania and will witness the construction of a new four-lane expressway/ motorway of approximately 23.7km length on new alignment.

How it will work

The project involves the construction of 4 Major interchanges to facilitate interconnection with roads at designated locations (Nabbingo, Nsangi, Maya & Lungala); construction of 20km of link/service roads (7m wide carriageway, 2×1.5m shoulders); and construction of 8km of auxiliary lanes (deceleration and acceleration), 2×3.5m wide.

According to the loan agreement, a 12km of interchange loops (4.0m wide carriageway, 2×2.0m shoulders) and 5 under/overpasses to facilitate closed access system will be constructed.

The entire length of the expressway will have light installation.

The road is expected to support economic co-operation between Uganda to Rwanda.

“The intervention of this road project is in line with the Uganda Vision 2040, the Second National Development Plan (NDPII 2015/16-2019/20), the Transport Strategy of the EAC; and the Eastern Africa Regional Integration Strategy Paper (EA-RISP), which supports development of infrastructure which has an impact on regional transport and integration,” said Kagina.

The expected benefits include improved economic and social welfare of persons in the zone of influence of the road corridor, enhanced trade and regional integration and reduction in transport costs and travel time due to reduced traffic congestion.

The Mpigi- Busega Road project will be financed by the African Development Bank (ADB), African Development Fund (ADF) and the Government of Uganda.

The financing from ADB of US $ 91 million is to cover 47.34 percent of the total project costs.

The financing from ADF resource under the ADF Performance Based Allocation and the ADF Regional Operation envelope, of US$ 60 million is to cover 31.22 percent of the total project cost.

GOU will finance 21.44 percent of the total project costs amounting to US$ 41 million for implementation of the Resettlement action Plan/ Land Acquisition.


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