President Yoweri Museveni flanked by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has commissioned the Isimba -Bujagali interconnection bridge that will reduce the travelling lead times and boost trade in Eastern Uganda.
Speaker Kadaga thanked the President and NRM government for continuing to finance and support development projects across the country saying the new bridge was “a new year’s gift” to the U and Kamuli Ugandan people.
The bridge, according to leaders in Kamuli and Kayunga districts, is expected to boost trade in the two districts and reduce transport costs since it provides a shorter alternative route to eastern region.
The project comprises two bridges connected by Koora Island along the Victoria Nile connecting Kayunga and Kamuli districts as well as public access roads. The public bridle is located approximately 500m downstream of the Isimba Hydropower plant with a total lengeth 890meters and deck with of 11.5m wide.
The project involved construction of two bridges and a 3.5-kilometre access road at $567.8m, with funding from the Ugandan government (15 per cent) and a loan from Exim Bank (85 per cent). Bridge I is 433 metres long and bridge II is 457.5 metres long. Both are 11.5 metres wide, each with two 1.5 metre walkways and two motor vehicle traffic lanes.
Travelers will enjoy a spectacular view of Isimba power dam with water falls and also watch monkeys and birds on Koova Island. He added that the bridges will be lit at night with street lights using auxiliary power from Isimba Power Dam.
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