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Kampala Northern Bypass Highway

Kampala Northern Bypass Highway, often referred to simply as the Northern Bypass, is a road in Uganda, forming a semicircle across the northern suburbs of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. The road was constructed to relieve traffic congestion within the city center, allowing cross-country traffic to bypass the city's downtown area.

Location

The Northern Bypass stretches from Bweyogerere, approximately 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) to the east of downtown Kampala, winding through the suburbs of Naalya, Kiwaatule, Kulambiro, Kigoowa, Bukoto, Mulago, Makerere, Bwaise, Kawaala, Namungoona, and Busega. The road ends in Nateete, approximately 8 kilometres (5.0 mi), west of the city. The coordinates of the road at its northernmost point are 00°21′56″N 32°36′18″E / 0.36556°N 32.60500°E / 0.36556; 32.60500Coordinates: 00°21′56″N 32°36′18″E / 0.36556°N 32.60500°E / 0.36556; 32.60500.

Overview

The Kampala Northern Bypass Highway opened to traffic on 1 October 2009. Constructed between 2004 and 2009, the Northern Bypass highway measures 21 kilometres (13 mi). It is the first dual carriageway highway in Uganda. The road cost US$50 million to construct (approximately US$7 million over budget). The project was funded by the European Union and the Uganda Government. By diverting traffic around the city, the road is aimed at relieving congestion on the streets of Kampala.[1]

Expansion

In August 2012, Ugandan print media reported that expansion of the road to dual carriageway the entire length, would begin in the first quarter of 2013. Funding for this second phase of the highway is provided by (a) the European Investment Bank, (b) the European Union and (c) the Government of Uganda.[2] Construction costs for the second phase are estimated at €60 million (US$74 million) or UGX:183 billion.[3]

Points of interest

Some of the points of interest along or near the Kampala Northern Bypass Highway include:

External links

  • Northern Bypass Plagued by Delays and Cost Overruns
  • Northern Bypass Gets Lights

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References

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