Karuma Bridge

Karuma Bridge Inspection: Kampala-Gulu highway to be closed for 4 days

Oyam I Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has confirmed that Kampala-Gulu highway will be closed to allow proper inspection of Karuma Bridge.

The confirmation follows ‘a sign post notice’ which went viral on some social media platforms early this week.

ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE, Kampala-Gulu Highway will be closed for 1-2 hours intervals for KARUMA BRIDGE INSPECTION”, was widely flagged as “fake” by a few across socials.

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Asked about the authenticity of the notice on Wednesday evening, UNRA’s Communications Officer, Allan Ssempebwa said, “Not aware of this!! Doesn’t look authentic.”

Ssempebwa, however, said he would later check with “teams as well”.

Eleven minutes after he promised to cross-check with his teams, he told tndNews, “It’s confirmed. It’s true. That is what I can confirm for now.”

While the said inspection looks imminent per the notice, the UNRA Communications Officer that it will take place in “the future”.

A new Karuma!

In 2023, Minister of Works and Transport Gen Katumba Edward Wamala said the government had planned and continues to plan to reconstruct Karuma Bridge.

According to the minister, the current bridge has outlived its usefulness and there is a need for a refurbishment.

In 2020, negotiations between Uganda and JICA, a Japanese company stalled. In the proposal, among other sets of designs, about 500 meters downstream will be considered.

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Speaking to Daily Monitor at that time, Allan Ssempebwa said, “We are looking at having a cable bright with the new one but we are still negotiating with JICA who are the potential financiers, having worked with them on the Nile Bridge…”

When was Karuma Bridge constructed?

According to the history, the current Karuma Bridge was constructed in 1963, one year after Uganda attained independence from Britain.

The bridge was built by the Indian Engineering Company, Gammon India Ltd.

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