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Soroti Municipality Receives UGX6.6 Billion to Improve Road Infrastructure

Soroti Municipal Council received UGX. 6.6 billion for the construction of School Road, Harridas Road, Edyegu Road, Adams Road, among others under Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructural Development-USMID, funded by the World Bank. Another UGX. 2.7 billion has been allocated to provide street lights in all major roads and digitalized traffic lights at Soroti junction.
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Soroti Municipal Council has received UGX6.6 billion that will be used to improve road infrastructure.

The roads to be improved include; Harridas Road, Edyegu Road, Adams Road among others. The project is under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructural Development - USMID, funded by the World Bank.

Another UGX 2.7 billion has been allocated to provide street lights in all major roads and digitalized traffic lights at Soroti junction.

Soroti Municipality will become the third in the recent assessment by USMID, according to the Town Clerk, Moses Otimong.

He notes that the assessment enabled the municipality to access additional funding from the World Bank to improve on the road infrastructure development in the municipality. Otimong revealed that they are now procuring a contractor to undertake the road works.

Richard Oculi, the chairman of Boda- boda association in Soroti says the intervention by government through USMID is timely. He explains that his bodas are victims of daily accidents due to poor roads in town.

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During the World Bank countrywide assessment in 2017, the team sighted delays in the seven kilometer roads in Soroti Municipality, a development that affected the funding. The works were supposed to have been completed in 2014, according to the initial contract terms but the works stalled.

Currently, Moroto Road, Old Mbale Road and Serere Road are covered with huge potholes, affecting traffic flow on them.