Contractor STRABAG is to carry out a road upgrade project in Northern Uganda worth €54 million. The project involves widening and surfacing a 66km stretch of road in the north of the country. The work is being co-financed by the European Development Fund.
STRABAG will carry out widening and paving of the existing gravel road that connects the towns of Atiak and Laropi. Construction is planned to commence in March 2020 and will take 30 months to complete.
Located in the remote north of Uganda, the road provides an important transport link to Uganda’s capital, Kampala in the south. The road also links to the north of the country with the White Nile at Laropi, where the firm is also building a ferry dock.
Meanwhile, the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China is providing Uganda with a loan worth $118 million for road upgrade work. The funding package will be targeted towards three routes that are important for transportation of oil in Uganda. The loan forms part of China's Belt & Road Initiative.