UNRA ED Hellen Kagina handing over contract to best bidder's rep.

The Executive Director of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), Allen Kagina, has

handed over the contract for the construction of the 23.7km Busega-Mpigi Expressway.

The Shs547 billion  contract was awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation in Joint Venture with China Railway 19th Bureau Group (U) Limited and is being funded by African Development Bank (AfDB) and African Development Fund (ADF).

In 2016, AfDB and ADF committed to provide US $151 million in loans to the government of Uganda for the construction of the highway road.

The agreement was signed by Matia Kasaija, Uganda’s Minister of Finance Planning & Economic Development signed the agreement on behalf of the government of Uganda, while Gabriel Negatu, East Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office Director General, signed on behalf of African Development Bank and African Development Fund, December 29, 2016.

Busega-Mpigi Expressway starts in Kyengera and heads south west wards continuing in a parallel alignment south of the Kampala – Kasese railway line for about 1.5km at Maya before turning southwards and continues in this southerly direction.

The project will be dual carriage expressway with limited access road facility. The road is located in a predominantly rural setting with some sections having peri-urban areas.

The project will improve sustainable road access and quality of transport service levels in the western and south-western parts of Uganda by reducing road maintenance costs, vehicle operating costs and travel time