The ongoing works on the Busega-Mpigi Expressway project along the Kampala-Masaka Highway have sparked enthusiasm among local residents and road users. The project, expected to alleviate persistent traffic congestion, has reached a stage where the road users are redirected through a 3.7km road in Mpigi Town, contributing to positive anticipation.
Residents and business owners in Mpigi and Wakiso districts see the expressway as a potential catalyst for development. Increased land prices in project areas indicate a positive impact on the local economy, and expectations are high for enhanced service delivery as road infrastructure improves.
Godfrey Muwayire, a resident of Mpigi Town, emphasized the business opportunities brought by the expressway project, foreseeing positive impacts on livelihoods and the local economy. Majorine Nampeera, a businesswoman, acknowledged the potential relief from daily traffic jams that previously affected businesses and prompted thoughts of relocation.
Taxi drivers, such as Joram Kambugu, anticipate using the completed expressway to save time and avoid traffic disruptions. The Mpigi District Chairperson, Martin Ssejjemba, is optimistic about the project’s potential benefits for development opportunities.
Allan Ssempebwa, the Uganda National Roads Authority (Unra) media relations manager, addressed compensation concerns for Project Affected Persons (PAPs), assuring that the process is nearly complete. The Shs547bn project, initiated in May 2020, is expected to be completed by September 2025.
Despite the excitement, challenges such as damaged alternative roads and prolonged traffic jams in certain areas have been reported. However, the overall sentiment is positive, with hopes that the Busega-Mpigi Expressway will bring about positive transformations and improve the region’s connectivity.