The New Nile Bridge is expected to ease transport by relieving traffic loading from the existing deteriorating Nalubaale dam/bridge structure, to enhance tourism and to serve as a major trade route connecting Uganda to the Kenyan port of Mombasa, Rwanda, Burundi, the DR Congo as well as the Central Africa.
On Friday, 28th of September 2018, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) conducted a static road test on the New Nile Bridge. During the test, 26 trucks loaded with marrum and each weighing 25 tonnes crossed the bridge concurrently for more than 30 minutes in order to determine the readiness of the road.
The head of Bridges and Structures Construction at the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), Eng. Lawrence Pario, in his word said, “We have loaded the dual carriage way in the centre span of the bridge with thirteen trucks on each side which are full of marrum as we carry out the Static Load testing. We have also loaded trucks on one side to check the load on one lane in case another lane gets a problem like accidents making it impassable for vehicles.”
Morris Odoch, the resident project engineer at the New Nile Bridge also commented on the progress of this project. He therefore said, “We have sensors to sense whether the bridge deck is also moving or not and vehicles that will be overloaded will be detected by sensors and cameras and will be apprehended at the other side of the bridge.”
Planning a visit to Jinja.
Travellers planning to visit Jinja to engage in a number of activities like white water rafting, visiting source of the Nile, horse riding, among others should have no worries of being delayed on the way as it has been.
- White water rafting on the Nile River
- Kayaking down the rapids of the Nile
- Sunset boat cruise
- Horseback riding
- Quad biking
- Bundee jumping
- Visiting the Source of the Nile