24 February 2024

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Excl.: UNRA gives updates on planned traffic flow at Karuma Bridge 

Karuma Bridge was constructed by an Indian Company in 1963.
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Allan Ssempebwa, Communications Officer, UNRA. Courtesy photo.

Last Updated on: 8th February 2024, 04:16 pm

Oyam | With plans to rebuild Karuma Bridge into a modern ‘carrier’ ongoing, the government of Uganda through the Uganda National Roads Authority has issued the latest update. 

UNRA, in an exclusive exchange with tndNews on Thursday, February 9, said it has engaged a consultant to conduct “a diagnostic study of the Karuma bridge along the Kampala—Gulu Highway”.

The study aims to assess the current condition and remaining lifespan of the bridge. The findings will inform potential interventions to reinforce the bridge, ensuring its longevity as plans for a new bridge take shape, Allan Ssempebwa, communications officer at UNRA said.

“To gather the necessary data, the consultant will conduct detailed inspections and measurements to ensure collection of reliable information,” he added.

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

Ssempebwa revealed that the task will necessitate closing part of the bridge for short periods, to allow the consultant to carry out the assessments safely.

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“In the near future, following adequate consultations with the relevant stakeholders and to be able to undertake this critical assignment on the National Road Network, we will notify the general public on the changes in traffic flow at Karuma Bridge,” he told tndNews.

The Karuma Bridge was constructed in 1963 and has since claimed the lives of many road users.

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