UNRA is proposing to construct a greenfield limited access tolled expressway between Kampala and Jinja to relieve the current congestion on the existing Kampala Jinja highway and to cater for future growth, adiposity http://csrf.net/wp-content/plugins/slidedeck2-personal/views/preview.php Chimp Corps report.
This website understands that UNRA is soon seeking bids from the private sector to design, build, finance, operate and transfer a limited access tolled expressway with a design speed of up to 120kph between Kampala and Jinja.
The Project will comprise a 77km mainline (the “Kampala Jinja Mainline”) and an 18km bypass to the south of Kampala city (the “Kampala Southern Bypass”).
The Project will be carried out in 2 phases with the first one being 33km of the Kampala-Jinja Mainline commencing at Kampala and terminating at Namataba and the Kampala Southern Bypass.
The second phase will be 43.7km of the Kampala Jinja Mainline commencing at Namataba and terminating at Jinja.
Officials said progressive economic growth has seen an increased transport need and an influx of newly registered personal vehicles, public transport and commercial vehicles.
They further said the increased traffic on account of economic growth leads to capacity restrictions particularly between Kampala and Mukono, leading to delays and unreliability issues not only on the existing highway but also on the surrounding local road network and the Kampala Northern Bypass.
The average journey time recorded between the 24km Kampala to Mukono section is about 120 minutess.
However, while existing public transport services (matatus and buses) are well used, current forecasts shows that if capacity is not improved, by 2037 there will be a complete breakdown in transport reliability along the corridor.
UNRA Executive Director, Allen Kagina said existing Government of Uganda, UNRA and the East African Community policies give general and specific support to national roads and corridor improvement to address strategic and national needs for trade facilitation, integration of the East African Community, relieve congestion and to improve the levels of service for road users.
“The Kampala Jinja Expressway is one of UNRA’s top priorities for investment and benefits from strong support from the Government and development partners such as IFC, the European Union, the Agence Francaise de Developpement and the African Development Bank,” said Kagina.
“This Project has a vital role to play in achieving both UNRA’s vision as set out in the UNRA Strategic Plan and the Government’s Vision 2040 partly through significant infrastructure investment in core sectors targeted for accelerating economic growth,” she emphasised.
“The Project is expected to generate up to 1500 jobs during construction and 250 jobs during operations, majority of which will be taken up by Ugandans. During operations, a journey time saving of up to 70mins is expected between Kampala and Jinja.”
In developing this Project, said Kagina, UNRA has been very keen to take into account views of investors, contractors and operators in developing the Project structure.
The high cost of such roads has in recent years unsettled Ugandans.
Uganda was recently assessed with a weakening of external payment due to a depreciation of the Ugandan shilling and lower than expected revenues being collected by the Government.
The FY2015/16 Uganda budget speech makes mention of the higher infrastructure spending on roads and energy that have contributed to the growing deficit.
But Kagina said in order to “ensure value is preserved and affordability maintained, our proposal is to tender this Project as a design, build, finance, operate and maintain, contract where toll revenue risk will be taken by UNRA, supported by the Ministry of Finance.”
She explained that UNRA recognizes that a contract, where payments are linked to the availability of the expressway, presents the best option for a robust competition and attaining value for money.
“We want to see an expressway which is responsive to the needs of the traveling public across the region and for this to happen, we need a partner with vision, a long term plan and the best team to deliver it,” said the UNRA boss.
“We want to encourage ambition that is deliverable. We are heavily investing in the national road network, and are looking to bidders to bring forward innovative plans for financing and implementing the Project, including investment of their own or in collaboration with others, to maximize the Project benefits. There will be scope for effective risk control through design, construction method, and capital and operations costs assessed in whole life terms.”
The Project will form a critical part of the Ugandan backbone network and a critical section of the East African Community (EAC) Northern Corridor.
Officials expressed hope that the road would enhance economic and social development at national level; enhance regional integration; increase overall efficiency of the road network with a consequent improvement of the national/international road freight traffic; and reduce vehicle-operating costs, save time, save fuel consumption and generally improve the road users’ travel conditions.
Other expected benefits are increased safety conditions of the national road network such as elimination of black spots; increased operations and maintenance (O&M) efficiency; enhancement of job opportunities both for new constructions; increase know-how ( capacity building) in the field of motorway infrastructure management by involving prospective international concessionaires; and reduction in cost of doing business.
Uganda had an estimated population of 38million in 2014 and has one of the highest global population growth rates averaging 3.4 percent per annum in the last decade against a 1.2 percent global average. This growth is expected to increase pressure on the roads network.
Project Reference Design
The Project involves the construction of a green field largely dual carriageway expressway between Kampala and Jinja, the Kampala Jinja Expressway together with the Kampala Southern Bypass, intended to provide a section of motorway standard road.
The Project, in conjunction with the forthcoming Kampala – Entebbe Expressway project, will provide a complete bypass of the southern zone of Kampala city.
The proposed Kampala – Jinja Expressway main alignment is of length approximately 76.8 km and the majority of its length adopts a new alignment, entirely different from that of the existing main road from Kampala to Jinja.
There are also interconnectors which join the new road to some of the towns in close proximity. The total distance for these interconnectors is about 30km. However, the first section of the road corridor does follow the route of the existing main road, commencing at the location of the junction with the Lugogo Bypass, and passing along the existing road as far as Kyambogo (Km 2.5).
It then diverges to the south side of the existing main road via an existing drainage reserve in a gap between the rear sides of two rows of factories. It emerges from the gap (Km 3) into a swampy area which it traverses, then crosses the Uganda Railways Corporation (“URC”) railway line and Kinawataka Road (Km 3.6).
From the Kinawataka Road the corridor continues in a generally south-easterly direction passing along the valley between the Mbuya and Kireka hills to Butabika Interchange (Km 6.5), where it crosses the route of the future Kampala Southern Bypass.