Broken Bridge Paralyses Traffic On Iganga-Kamuli Road

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Motorists from Iganga via Luuka – Kamuli road have been forced to divert to Namakakale and Waibuga villages after floods damaged Namadope Bridge which is located 41km from Iganga town.

Motorists from Iganga via Luuka – Kamuli road have been forced to divert to Namakakale and Waibuga villages after floods damaged Namadope Bridge which is located 41km from Iganga town.
 
The Namadope Bridge on the Iganga - Kamuli road caved in on Sunday following heavy rains and floods. All traffic was diverted to a longer route via Namakakale and Waibuga road that passes through Luuka and Mayuge districts.

Jonathan Ntambi, a boda boda cyclist from Walugogo stage in Iganga, says he can no longer transport people to Luuka because the distance is too long and the cost is unaffordable. A journey from Iganga to Luuka on motorcycle now costs 20,000 shillings up from 10,000 shillings.

Sarah Mukobe, a resident of Namadope village, says many lorries carrying agricultural produce like sugarcane, maize and fruits are stuck along the way. Some drivers have decided to park while others have opted to use the longer routes via different villages to reach the three districts of Luuka, Iganga and Kamuli.

Samuel Kakyada, Luuka district local council chairperson, says the issue has been communicated to officials of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA). Kakyada says UNRA has promised to replace the culverts and reconstruct the Namadope Bridge for traffic to flow smoothly this week.
  
Steven Kisubi, the station Engineer for Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA), says culverts are being purchased and construction of the bridge will commence anytime this week.