Uganda National Roads Authority(UNRA) has opened River Katonga bridge to taxis, light vehicles and pedestrians.
In a statement on Wednesday, UNRA said following repairs, the bridge has now been opened for use for light traffic which includes motorbikes, saloon cars, SUVs, taxis, vans and 28 seaters also known as coasters.
“Any vehicles not included in the above category shall not be allowed to cross
the bridge,” UNRA said in a statement.
UNRA further warned that drivers of buses, lorries and trucks of any type are not yet allowed to use the bridge.
According to UNRA, for the light vehicles which have now been cleared to use the bridge, there shall be one-lane access and therefore travellers should expect some delays.
“Drivers are required to strictly follow the guidelines of the traffic officers, the signs, and the markings on the road for safety and to avoid delays. Further structural integrity assessments shall be carried out to determine the use of the bridge by heavier vehicles. Other interventions will continue with the objective of reinstating the road to its full use in the shortest time possible.”
The development is a sigh of relief for many travellers who use the road, especially towards Masaka and other parts of Western Uganda who had been relegated to using the winding Ssembabule road.
The collapse of the bridge at Katonga and the diversion of traffic via Ssembabule had led to a hike in transport fares on the road due to the long and tiring distance whereas drivers of private vehicles said they would incur a lot more in terms of fuel and time.
The ongoing construction works on the collapsed River Katonga bridge are undertaken by China Communications Construction Company, Ltd.