The Lira-Kamdini Road, a bustling commercial artery in northern Uganda, is undergoing a significant transformation under the North Eastern Road-Corridor Asset Management Project (NERAMP). This World Bank-funded initiative spans 340 kilometers, encompassing districts like Tororo, Mbale, Bukedea, Kumi, Ngora, Soroti, Kaberamaido, Dokolo, Lira, Kole, and Oyam.
The rehabilitation of the 66.5-kilometer Lira-Kamdini Road addresses previous road hazards that caused frequent accidents and slowed down transportation. Walter Oming, Secretary of the Grievances Management Committee in Kole South, Kole district, recalls the road’s deplorable state, which hindered the movement of goods and passengers. However, he commends the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) for initiating the reconstruction efforts.
The improved road conditions have already attracted a surge in heavy commercial trucks, reflecting increased cross-border trade from South Sudan, DR Congo, Kenya, and Tanzania. These vehicles, which previously traveled through Kampala to reach the Gulu highway, now opt for the shorter NERAMP route, as explained by Highway Engineer Lot 2 Khalil Odong.
Local businesses are also reaping the benefits of the upgraded roadway. Boda boda cyclist Ivan Onege reports an increase in customers, attributing it to the smoother ride and reduced transportation costs. He further notes that the improved road conditions have minimized vehicle and motorcycle damage during transport.
Midwife Vicky Adong highlights the positive impact on healthcare services. The improved road has facilitated the timely transfer of patients with complications to better-equipped hospitals, a significant advancement for the region.
Upon completion, the upgraded Lira-Kamdini Road is poised to elevate standards of safety, quality, and accessibility for the movement of people, goods, and services. Over 2.25 million residents along the corridor will benefit from this transformation. Moreover, as an international passage, it will strengthen Uganda’s competitive edge in regional trade and logistics, fostering economic growth at both local and national levels.
NERAMP, a World Bank-backed initiative, seeks to achieve several key objectives along the Tororo-Kamdini Road corridor: reduced transportation costs, enhanced road safety, and sustainable road maintenance through performance-based asset management contracts. The revitalized Lira-Kamdini Road stands as a testament to these efforts, promising a brighter future for the region’s economy and healthcare.