UNRA Tests New Nile Bridge Ahead of Commissioning

The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) on Friday conducted a test on the New Nile Bridge in Jinja ahead of its commissioning in October 2018.

The static load testing was aimed at testing the bridge’s ability to manage heavy load.

The USD 125 million bridge, which funded by the government of Uganda and Japan, has an overall width of 22.9 metres, making it the longest single plane cable configuration in the entire African continent. It has a central span of 290m, end spans of 135m and 100m on the east and west banks respectively.

The new 1.83km long asphalt approach roads has three at-grade junctions at Nile Breweries, Nytil and Jinja round about to allow interchange of traffic to the existing road network.

It also has a dual carriageway 7m wide with a pedestrian walk way of 2.25m wide on both ends.

President Museveni is expected to grace the commissioning ceremony.

See photos from the strength testing;

Moses Kayigwa