New Jinja Bridge

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New Jinja Bridge
Coordinates 0°26′15″N 33°11′15″E / 0.4375°N 33.1875°E / 0.4375; 33.1875Coordinates: 0°26′15″N 33°11′15″E / 0.4375°N 33.1875°E / 0.4375; 33.1875
Carries Kampala-Jinja Highway
Crosses Victoria Nile
Locale Njeru, Uganda to Jinja, Uganda
Official name Second Nile Bridge
Material steel, concrete
Construction begin January 2014
Opened December 2016 (Expected)
New Jinja Bridge is located in Uganda
New Jinja Bridge
New Jinja Bridge
Location in Uganda

The New Jinja Bridge, also referred to as the Second Nile Bridge, or as the New Nile Bridge is a bridge under construction in Uganda. It will complement the Nalubaale Bridge, which was built in 1954.[1]


The bridge is located at Njeru, a suburb of Jinja, on the Victoria Nile, between the Source of the Nile to the south and Nalubaale Power Station to the north. This location is adjacent and immediately north of where the Uganda Railways line crosses the Victoria Nile. It is located on the proposed Kampala–Jinja Expressway, approximately 82 kilometres (51 mi), by road, east of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[2] The coordinates of the New Jinja Bridge are:00 26 15N, 33 11 15E (Latitude:0.4375; Longitude:33.1875).[3]


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.[4] 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.[5] The new 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.[6] The feasibility studies were conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).[7]

Construction costs[edit]

The total cost of the New Jinja Bridge is budgeted at US$125 million. The government of Japan will finance 80 percent of the cost, in the form of a soft loan of US$100 million at an annual interest rate of 0.01 percent, repayable in ten years, but extendable to forty years. The government of Uganda will fund the remaining US$25 million (20 percent), out of its own coffers.[8]

In November 2013, the Uganda National Roads Authority awarded the construction contract to Zenitaka Corporation of Japan. Construction is expected last four years.[9][10][11] On 28 January 2014, the construction was launched by the President of Uganda.[12]



  1. ^ Luganda, Emmanuel (28 January 2014). "Museveni To Launch New Nile Bridge Construction". New Vision. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Road Distance Between Kampala And Njeru With Map". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Location of New Jinja Bridge At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Road Distance Between Jinja and Karuma With Map". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Bwambale, Tadeo (1 November 2010). "Japan Gives Sh230 Billion for New Jinja Bridge". New Vision via Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Kairu, Pauline (29 October 2010). "Uganda To Build First Cable-Stayed Bridge In East Africa". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Ogwang, Joel (17 September 2009). "New Sh200 Billion Nile Bridge For 2012". New Vision via Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Thome, Wolfgang (26 January 2014). "Safer And Faster Ground Travel Across The Nile". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Ogwang, Joel (26 November 2013). "Construction of New Nile Bridge Starts January 2014". New Vision. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Wnambwa, Richard (27 November 2013). "New Nile Bridge Contract Signed, 52 People Compensated". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Japanese To Start In January On Bridge". East African Business Week (Kampala) via 10 December 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Luganda, Emmanuel (28 January 2014). "Museveni To Launch New Nile Bridge Construction". New Vision. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 

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