Over 14. Billion Shillings Bridge Construction Work Kicks Off In Malaba.

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A construction of an alternative bridge worth over fourteen billion shillings has kicked off in Malaba along the Malaba â�" Jinja highway.

A construction of an alternative bridge worth over fourteen billion shillings has kicked off in Malaba along the Malaba - Jinja highway.

The construction work is being undertaken at River Malaba by Terrain Consult Limited.

The new bridge is a diversion route from the Ndaiga Bridge along the Tororo - Jinja highway that broke in December last year.

Uganda National Road Authority -UNRA closed the bridge to heavy trucks. The road is an artery for trade along the Northern Corridor and a major route for goods entering the Great Lakes region.

Chris Opuch, the Tororo UNRA station engineer said the damage was caused by erosion of the main pillars of the bridge which was constructed more than 40 years ago.

Following the closure of the road some of the trucks had been diverted through Busitema and Busia while others would go through Malaba, Tororo and Mbale.

Daniel Alinange, the Uganda National Roads Authority communications manager said that the construction of the new bridge has been locally funded by government.

He explained that the bridge is temporally as government outsources for reasonable amount of money to rehabilitate the old broken bridge.

Alinange disclosed that the works at the single carriage way bridge are expected to be complete within six months.

He added that UNRA is aware of the cracks at Manafwa Bridge in Mbale which is currently being used as the alternative route. But Alinange said government is sourcing for resources to rehabilitate all the old bridges across the country.

The UNRA Tororo station engineer Wilson Kafifi said they have advised the contractor to speed up the construction before the rain season kicks off.