Re-construction of Masaka – Mbarara Road, €92,000,000
The main objective is to promote regional and international integration, contribute to the Poverty Eradication Action Plan, improve road safety and reduce travel time, road maintenance and vehicle operation costs. The main activities are to reconstruct 155 km of road including construction of climbing lanes and improvement of dangerous bends. Execution of the works started in January 2008 and completion is presently foreseen around the middle of 2012.
Karamoja Roads Development Programme - Four works contracts, €11,000,000
The main objective is to promote social and economic development by improving mobility and enhancing security. The main activity is to rehabilitate 174 km of district roads to a standard of all-weather accessibility and construction of two new bridges. The roads under this project are: Girik - Karita Rd (21km) & Construction of Girik Bridge; Lokichar - Nyakwae Road (50km) & Construction of Nyakwae Bridge; Mororo - Kenya Border Road (21km) & Loroo - Kakitekile Road (38km) and Kalapata - Piire Road (44km). Execution of the first three works contracts started on 5 January 2009 and, completion is foreseen in October 2011. The Kalapata - Piire Rd contract was terminated in December 2010 due to non-performance of the contractor.
Backlog Road Maintenance Programme, €4,160,000
The main objective is to substantially reduce the accumulated maintenance backlog on the National Paved Roads Network and to lay the foundation for a sustainable road maintenance regime. The main activities are periodic maintenance and rehabilitation works on 127 km of selected sections of the National Paved Roads Network. The works contract for Package 2 comprises selected sections along Kampala - Jinja road and Bombo road from Bwaise to Kawempe. Work started in July 2008 and is expected to end by May 2011.
Northern Corridor Road Improvement Project: Mbarara – Ntungamo -Katuna under 10th EDF, € 122,000,000 EU contribution, € 45,000,000 Government of Uganda contribution
The main objective is to promote economic and social development and facilitate international and transit trade thereby promoting regional integration. The main activities of the project comprises the rehabilitation and strengthening of sections of the Northern Corridor route of Uganda between Mbarara and Katuna at the Rwandan border (in total 168 km) including Mbarara by-pass and a weighbridge station close to Kabale. Feasibility studies and Design commenced in 2008; Tenders for works closed in May 2010 and the EU funded Lots awarded on 7 October 2010. The GoU funded Lot (Mbarara by-pass) is not yet awarded due to budget constraints. Works for the two EU funded Lots will start in the second quarter of 2011. Completion is scheduled for 2014.
Post-Floods Rehabilitation of Roads and Bridges in North and North Eastern Uganda, € 3,245,000
The overall objectives of the project is the rehabilitation of flood damaged bridges to ensure all weather access and uninterrupted connectivity of road links in North and North-Eastern Uganda. The main activities are construction of Aswa bridge and Awoja bridge, including access roads. Construction works commenced with Aswa bridge by beginning of June 2010, and completion is scheduled for 2011; The contract for Awoja bridge contract was signed in December 2010 and works commenced in January 2011. Completion is scheduled for early 2012.
Ugandan Road Sector Policy Support Programme (SPSP)
The main objective is to promote economic and social development and facilitate international and transit trade and thereby promote regional integration. The project contributes to developing a safe and sustainable national road network by improving the condition of the national road network and strengthening the management of the road sector. The programme was envisaged to comprise of a Capacity Development- and Sector Budget Support Component (SBS).
Component 1: Capacity Development
i) Technical Assistance (TA) to the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), €4, 300,000. To enhance UNRA's capacity to manage all aspects of the national road network, including planning, capital works and maintenance. TA-experts started their assignment in February 2010 for duration of 3 years (with possible extension for 3 years)
ii) Technical Assistance to the establishment and functioning of the Ugandan Road Fund, which is operational since January 2010 (€ 1,800,000). TA-experts started their assignment in July 2010; duration is 3 years (possible extension for 3 years)
iii) Support to the Road Construction Industry to strengthen the private sector, increasing capacity to cope with an increased workload with respect to road works (€ 3,000,000). The project will be jointly executed with DIFID. The project design was concluded and the TA-experts are expected to start their assignment within 2010.
Component 2: Sector Budget Support (SBS), Road Maintenance, € 40,000,000
Budget support in form of financial contribution for road maintenance through the Road Fund will not go ahead. Possibilities to reallocate the funds for use in project implementation mode are currently being explored and a suitable project still needs to be identified. Project identification is ongoing. The viability and sustainability of Sector Budget Support could not be established and SBS was abandoned for the medium term.