Kampala-Masaka Highway Reopens After Repairs by Uganda National Roads Authority

The Kampala-Masaka Highway in Uganda has been fully reopened after UNRA completed repairs on a broken section, restoring vital transportation and economic activity in the region, though concerns remain about the road's drainage system.

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Kampala-Masaka Highway Reopens After Repairs by Uganda National Roads Authority

Kampala-Masaka Highway Reopens After Repairs by Uganda National Roads Authority

The Kampala-Masaka Highway fully reopened to traffic after the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) completed repairs on a broken section that had paralyzed transport in the area. The vital transportation route is now fully accessible to all types of vehicles, including boda-bodas, motor vehicles, heavy trucks, and Tuk Tuks.

The highway had been temporarily closed after heavy rainfall caused a section of the road between the Hass fuel depot in Kyengera and the Buddo junction to cave in. This led to a major traffic gridlock stretching over 10 kilometers, with some travelers forced to disembark and find alternative routes, including hiring boda bodas at inflated prices.

UNRA spokesperson Allan Ssempebwa stated that the restoration work carried out by their teams on the ground was a temporary intervention to provide relief, with a permanent solution still being planned. "This is a temporary intervention to provide relief, and a permanent solution is still being planned," Ssempebwa said.

Why this matters: The Kampala-Masaka Highway is a vital transportation artery in Uganda, and its closure had caused significant disruption to travel and commerce in the region. The reopening of the highway restores certainty and normal traffic flow, allowing for the resumption of economic activities and the movement of people and goods.

While some taxi drivers welcomed the reopening as it will save them money on fuel, boda-boda riders expressed disappointment as they had been benefiting from the stranded passengers during the closure. The Wakiso District chairperson noted that attention needs to be given to the drainage system, as this was the second time the road had caved in. UNRA also mentioned plans to mitigate the impact of flooding on other highway sections in low-lying areas, which have already been implemented in some locations.

Key Takeaways

  • Kampala-Masaka Highway fully reopened after UNRA repairs broken section.
  • Heavy rainfall caused road collapse, leading to major traffic gridlock.
  • UNRA's temporary fix aims to provide relief, with permanent solution planned.
  • Highway closure disrupted travel and commerce, reopening restores normalcy.
  • Drainage issues cited as cause of repeated road collapses in the area.