The Nalubaale Bridge is one of the only two road crossings across the Victoria Nile in Uganda, the other crossings being the Karuma Bridge, approximately 285 kilometres (177 mi), by road, to the north. The road crossing at Jinja is of national and regional significance because it is part of the "Northern Corridor" a highway across East and Central Africa, linking the Indian Ocean at Mombasa, Kenya, to the Atlantic Ocean at Matadi, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The old bridge, commissioned in 1954, is in bad structural shape and has outlived its expected lifespan. The bridge will carry a four-lane dual highway with pedestrian sidewalks. It will be the longest bridge in Uganda at 525 metres (1,722 ft) long. The feasibility studies were conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The total cost of the New Jinja Bridge is budgeted at US$125 million. The Government of Japan will finance 80% of the cost, in form of a soft loan of US$100 million at an annual interest rate of 0.01%, repayable in ten years, but extendable to forty years. The Government of Uganda will fund the remaining US$25 million (20%), out of its own coffers.
In November 2013, the Government of Uganda, through Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), awarded the construction contract to Zenitaka Corporation of Japan. Construction is expected to start in January 2014 and last three years.