- The Contract for the three Bridges have been awarded to Terrain Services Limited
- The Contractors have already surveyed the Bridges and would start with alternative Bridges in order to allow continued movement of people and goods
- Some of the wooden Bridges that were constructed decades ago are now collapsing
- The construction work of the Bridges will take three years
By Our Reporter
Arua. Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has secured Shs 29 billion to construct three dilapidated bridges in Arua district.
Accouncing the commencement of the work, an Engineer with UNRA, Eng William Amanya, said: “We may delay with the designs but we want to ensure that we give a Bridge that can last for 120 years. We already have some designs which need to be approved because we want to construct Aca, Ala and Gazi Bridges because people have to move and transport their goods to the markets safely.”
The Three Bridges of Aca, Gazi and Ala will cost about Shs 29 billion. The Project Manager for Terrain Service Limited, Mr Micah Omalla, said they would soon start the work because the materials are already mobilized.
“We want to ensure that the work is completed faster within the time frame of the 36 months. We want the locals to cooperate with us so that we do quality work and have value for the money.”
The worst is Aca Bridge that recently collapsed with a truck causing injuries to the two occupants of the truck. As a result, people have been forced to cross over through the river, luckily, there the water level is low now.
A resident of Alivu Village, Pamvara Parish in Ogoko Sub County said: “How will people transport their goods to the market, children cross this river if the rain comes? We need UNRA to work on this bridge fast by constructing an alternative bridge so that people’s lives are not in danger.”
He said the Bridge has been in dilapidated state for several years and has affected business. “This truck fell in the river after the bridge collapsed because the wood was week and luckily enough, the driver and the turn man survived but the maize was lost as they were destroyed in the water,” he said.
Gazi Bridge that is also earmarked for construction. Photo by Felix
The collapsed Aca Bridge was constructed in 1953. Similarly, in March 2012, a truck plunged into River Ala in Vurra and killed 24 traders who were returning from a market.
The Lower Madi Member of Parliament in Arua district, Mr Ismail Ogama, warned the locals against theft of materials and creating controversy over land where alternative bridges will be constructed.
“We ask you to own these projects because it will be for your own good. We need to ensure that the Bridges are worked on well so that vehicles, patients, pupils and any other road user travels safely,” he said.