UNRA Restricts Heavy Trucks from Using Colonial Era Ssezibwa Bridge

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UNRA Restricts Heavy Trucks from Using Colonial Era Ssezibwa Bridge
FILE PHOTO - The bridge, which is situated on the Kalagi-Kayunga Road at the border between the Kayunga and Mukono districts, has recently displayed cracks and a portion on the Kayunga side has collapsed.
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Uganda National Roads Authority Restricts Heavy Trucks on Aging Ssezibwa Bridge

Highlights:

  • Bridge Limited to Light Vehicles Due to Safety Concerns
  • Heavy Trucks Diverted as Bridge Shows Signs of Wear”
  • Major Traffic Shift

Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has made a decision to stop heavy trucks from using the Ssezibwa Bridge. This bridge, constructed in 1953 during colonial times, has not undergone any significant renovations except for occasional painting. The bridge, which is situated on the Kalagi-Kayunga Road at the border between the Kayunga and Mukono districts, has recently displayed cracks and a portion on the Kayunga side has collapsed. These structural issues have raised concerns about the safety of the bridge for motorists and other road users.



In a public notice issued on October 7, UNRA informed all road users about the deteriorating condition of the Ssezibwa Bridge and the need for significant changes in traffic management in the Ssezibwa section. As a result, heavy vehicles are no longer allowed to cross the bridge.

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For those traveling from Jinja, UNRA recommends using the Kampala-Jinja Road, which covers a distance of 72 kilometers. Alternatively, motorists can opt for the Njeru-Kisoga-Mukono Road, which spans 64 kilometers. These alternative routes have been suggested to ensure the safety of all travelers while the necessary measures are taken to address the issues with the Ssezibwa Bridge.



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