Kampala–Masaka Road

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Kampala–Masaka Road
Route information
Length79 mi (127 km)
HistoryDesignated in 2009
Completion in 2012
Major junctions
North endKibuye
 Busega
Kyengera
Nsangi
Mpigi
Lukaya
South endMasaka
Highway system
Roads in Uganda

The Kampala–Masaka Road is a road in the Central Region of Uganda, connecting the capital city of Kampala to the southwestern town of Masaka in Masaka District. The first 36 kilometres (22 mi) of this road, is in the process of being developed into the Kampala–Mpigi Expressway.[1]

Location[edit]

The road begins in the Kibuye neighborhood, in Makindye Division, southwestern Kampala. It continues to Busega, then through Kyengera, Nsangi, Mpigi and Lukaya, to end at Masaka, a distance of approximately 127 kilometres (79 mi).[2]

Overview[edit]

This road is one of the busiest in the country, with an average daily traffic count of 20,908 vehicles in 2008.[3] In 2009, the government of Uganda (GOU), began to upgrade the previously bitumen-surfaced road in poor state, to grade II bituminous surface with drainage channels, culverts and shoulders. The first phase of improvements began in 2009 and ended in 2011, fully funded by the GOU.[4] The first phase cost US$44.8 million (about Sh103 billion).[5]

During the second phase of the road improvement, the road was widened from 6.5 metres (21 ft) to 11 metres (36 ft), passing and climbing lanes were added as well as pedestrian and bicyclists' lanes. The work was contracted to Reynolds Construction Company, who had carried out he first phase. The second phase lasted from 2012 until 2013.[3] Despite the improvements, the road remains one of the most accident-prone highways in the country.[6]

Accidents[edit]

The Kampala–Masaka Road is the most accident-prone stretch of highway in Uganda, recording between 200 and 300 fatalities annually. Ugandan officials attribute the high accident rate to several factors including (a) speeding (b) failure to observe traffic signs (c) overloading of passenger vehicles (d) overloading of merchandise trucks (e) dilapidated vehicles (f) driving while intoxicated (g) lax laws against traffic offenses (h) a slow justice system.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ogwang, Joel. "Government joins World Bank to build $1.5b road projects". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  2. ^ GFC (15 February 2016). "Distance between Kibuye, Kampala, Central Region, Uganda and Masaka, Central Region, Uganda". Globefeed.com (GFC). Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b Bagala, Andrew (22 December 2012). "Kampala-Masaka road to be expanded". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  4. ^ UNRA (2010). "Uganda National Roads Authority: Kampala–Masaka Road". Kampala: Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA). Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  5. ^ Ogwang, Joel (29 October 2008). "Uganda: Sh103 Billion for Kampala-Masaka Road Construction". New Vision via AllAfrica.com. Kampala. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  6. ^ Eyotaru, Olive (10 July 2015). "MPs Demand Kampala-Masaka Road Design Review". Kampala: Uganda Radio Network. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  7. ^ O'Hagan, Michael. "Uganda takes on the 'world's most dangerous road'". The EastAfrican Quoting Agence France-Presse. Nairobi.

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