Karuma Bridge closed to heavy traffic for next 3 months – UNRA

The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has closed the Karuma Bridge to heavy traffic from May 6, 2024, due to deteriorating conditions.

“UNRA would like to inform road users that following the ongoing assessment of the condition of the Karuma Bridge, it has been established that some elements of the bridge structure (the concrete deck) have deteriorated, especially in the approach lane. to Kampala. “The bridge’s continued exposure to increasing heavy traffic is likely to accelerate its deterioration and serviceability if not addressed in time,” the authority said in a statement.

UNRA revealed that only passenger vehicles carrying up to 28 passengers will be allowed to use the bridge.

Karuma Bridge.

“In light of the above, the Karuma Bridge will be closed to all trucks, trailers and buses from Monday, May 6, 2024. Only passenger vehicles carrying up to 28 passengers will be permitted to use the bridge.”

“We anticipate that this intervention will be completed in 03 months,” the statement read, adding that UNRA has begun the process of identifying a competent contractor who will undertake the restoration of the bridge structure as quickly as possible.

UNRA commissioned a comprehensive technical diagnosis.

Meanwhile, motorists from Kampala heading to Gulu/West Nile are advised to use Luwero – Kafu – Masindi – Paraa (Murchison Falls National Park) to connect to Pakwach or Gulu via Olwiyo and vice versa from motorists from Gulu/West Nile.

For motorists going to Lira they can also use Iganga – Tirinyi – Pallisa – Kumi – Soroti – Lira and vice versa.

UNRA revealed that the government is currently accelerating the process to secure funds for the construction of a new bridge in Karuma as a long-term solution.