KCCA Reports Expenditure of Shs 553 Billion on City Road Works

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Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has provided a report on the road improvement efforts and funds utilized within the framework of the Kampala City Road Rehabilitation Project.

Representatives from KCCA, led by the Minister of State for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, Hon. Kyofatogabye Kabuye, attended a session with the Committee on Physical Infrastructure on Thursday, October 12, 2023.

The project, which spanned 48 months, received financial support through loans from the African Development Bank and African Development Fund, with the funds being put to use in July 2021.

During the presentation, KCCA’s Deputy Executive Director, Eng. David Luyimbazi, revealed that the entire cost incurred for the project, including expenses for drainage, pavement, street lighting, and traffic signals, amounted to Shs553.6 billion.

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Luyimbazi provided details on the unit costs per kilometer of standard two-lane asphalt concrete roads, explaining that the work was divided into five separate lots, involving improvements to a total of 31 roads.

The first lot entailed the reconstruction of 4.4 kilometers of Wamala Road along Ntinda-Kisaasi at a rate of Shs6.17 billion per kilometer, encompassing general expenses.

In the same lot, 2.02 kilometers of Mutesa 1 Road were transformed into paved roads at a cost of Shs5.586 billion per kilometer, including general costs.

The second lot involved widening and the installation of signals on 3.46 kilometers of the Old Port Bell Road/Spring Road, encompassing two junctions, at a cost of Shs5.4 billion, including general costs.

Fifth Street, Sixth Street, Seventh Street, and Eighth Street on Namuwongo Road in the industrial area were reconstructed under the third lot of work, with a total cost of Shs24.07 billion, inclusive of general costs.

Lot four included the reconstruction of 8.1 kilometers of Salaama Road in Makindye and the widening of the Kasubi-Northern bypass, at a cost of Shs4.558 billion and Shs5.27 billion, respectively.

In the fifth lot of the project, Masiro Road in Lubaga was reconstructed, covering a distance of 2.1 kilometers at a cost of Shs8.103 billion, which included general expenses.

Luyimbazi pointed out that among the general costs incurred in the road improvement projects, drainage expenses were the highest, followed by costs related to pavement and signal installation.

During the meeting, Hon. Elijah Okupa (Independent, Kasilo County) raised concerns about the condition of the road leading to the proposed Uganda Heart Institute in Naguru, which he believed could impact patient transportation.

Luyimbazi responded by explaining that the land in Naguru lacked a physical infrastructure plan and faced pressure from parcel owners pursuing individual developments.

He urged the committee to support the National Planning Authority (NPA) in collaborating with relevant sector agencies to develop a physical development plan for the area. This plan would enhance the region’s road infrastructure and drainage.

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