The Kampala – Entebbe expressway will be the first of its kind in Uganda. The 51km dual-carriage road, being constructed by China Communication Construction Company, (CCCC), when complete is expected to cost $450 million.
The expressway project has 15 overpass bridges, 15 underpass bridges and 4 major bridge structures.
One of the bridges on this expressway is Nambigirwa Bridge, built over marshland measuring one and a half kilometers.
“The 1.5 kilometer long is the longest bridge in East Africa”, according to the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).
Exim Bank of China borrowed Government of Uganda up to US$350 million for the construction of the highway, repayable over forty years.
The project was commissioned in November 2012. Expressway was expected to be fully complete by 2017, but UNRA has extended completion timeline to May 2018 ‘given delayed access to acquiring right of way’ on some sections of the road.