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UNRA Starts Refurbishing Dilapidated 62-Km Olwiyo-Pakwach Road

The road is a major business route serving as the main connection to West Nile, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It has however been in poor shape for several years, with many of the road sections having developed large potholes and gullies, often paralysing normal traffic flow.
A section of the Olwiyo-Pakwach in Nwoya District. Govt has started refurshing the 62.5 Km road that is currently in a bad state.

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The rehabilitation of the dilapidated 62.5-kilometre Olwiyo-Pakwach road in Nwoya District has kicked off. 

The road is a major business route serving as the main connection to West Nile, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It has however been in poor shape for several years, with many of the road sections having developed large potholes and gullies, often paralysing normal traffic flow.

The Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA recently awarded a 177 billion Shillings contract to National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) and China Railway No. 7 in a joint venture to undertake full rehabilitation of the road. The task will take at least 24 months.

UNRA's Media Relations Manager Allan Ssempebwa told Uganda Radio Network on Wednesday that the contractors are already on the ground and have now commenced the identification of troublesome spots and restoring them for easy navigation by vehicles ahead of the major rehabilitation works.

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Ssempebwa adds that the major rehabilitation will include working on spoilt drainages, laying new road surfaces, and expanding the road size. He assured road users that the road is under full rehabilitation adding that they should expect a different road user experience.

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The rehabilitation works come years after district leaders from Nwoya and motorists raised complaints about its poor state, especially between the sections of Agung, Purongo, Anaka, and Olwiyo Sub counties. They had also been demanding speedy government intervention in refurbishing the road.

Emmanuel Orach, Nwoya District Chairperson welcomed the development saying it was long overdue. Orach says the bad state of the road had affected normal transportation along the busy highway adding that with the rehabilitation, they expect improved businesses to resume.

Upgrade of Olwiyo-Pakwach road from gravel to bitumen standard commenced in 2004 and ended in 2006 before its commissioning. 

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