Uganda National Roads Authority has confirmed that part of the newly commissioned Source of the Nile Bridge will be closed for three months to pave way for replacing of the glaring and defective pavements and asphalt layer.
The over US $160 million project was commissioned in October 2018, located at Njeru, a suburb of Jinja across the Victoria Nile, between the source of the Nile to the south and Nalubaale Power Station (old bridge) to the north.
According to UNRA, the joint venture Zenitaka Corporation and Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company Limited under supervision of the consultant the joint venture of oriental consultation company, eight japan engineering and consultants’ incorporation and pyuhunghwa engineering Consultant Company limited will undertake restoration works to replace the defective pavements and asphalt layer on the bridge.
“The contractor of the source of the Nile Bridge project will undertake restoration works to replace the defective pavement layer on the bridge from 15th to July April 2019,” reads in part of the statement.
Kampala-bound traffic (Jinja to Kampala) shall continue to use the Source of the Nile Bridge. Jinja-bound traffic (Kampala to Jinja) shall be diverted to the Nalubaale Bridge.
Local Traffic (to and from) Nile Breweries Ltd, Southern Range Nyanza Ltd (Nytil), East African Packaging Solutions Ltd shall continue to use their normal routes.
Cyclists and motor cyclists (‘Boda Boda’) traffic to and from Jinja shall continue to use the Nalubaale Bridge and Faraday Road.
This is adjacent and immediately north of where the Uganda Railways line crosses the Victoria Nile. It is located on the proposed Kampala–Jinja Expressway, approximately 82 kilometers (51 mi), by road, east of Kampala.