The Kampala-Jinja highway has been indicated by The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) as part of the beneficiaries of the six projects to be developed in region. The project is estimated to cost US$74m, which is part of the US$8b, the cost of six projects.
The six projects were selected by the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). Their main objective is to promote socio-economic development and poverty reduction in Africa through improved access to integrated regional and continental infrastructure networks and services.
The highway stretches from Kampala, Uganda’s largest city and capital to Jinja, the country’s second largest commercial center. The Mandela National Stadium-Kira Municipality, Jinja Airport as well as other points of interest lie along or near the Kampala-Jinja Highway. It forms a section of the road system that connects major East African cities to Nairobi, in Kenya and ultimately to the Kenyan port of Mombasa.
Upon completion, the road will cover eight lanes between Nakawa-Kyambogo, Kyambogo-Lugazi (six-lanes) and Lugazi-Jinja (four-lanes) and feed into the Kampala-Entebbe expressway via the Southern Bypass.
This announcement came during a financial summit for Africa’s Infrastructure in Dakar, Senegal. The projects are to be complete by 2020.