YUMBE/MOYO. Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has secured funds for constructing Jure and Amua Bridges in Yumbe and Moyo districts respectively.

The two projects have been contracted to CHICO, a Chinese construction company at a cost of shs13.5bn.

Officials said the projects are expected to be completed in a period of three years.

Speaking during the site handover of Jure Bridge in Odravu sub-county, Yumbe district on Thursday, Mr Martin Kitayimbwa, the UNRA project manager said the contractor will take the first six months to work on the designs before the actual construction starts.

"In the design, we are going to build a big permanent Bridge with two lengths and walkways on both sides. It's going to be a concrete Bridge which will last for at least 100 years. So the issue of maintaining the Bridge after every three months will be history," he said.

"We want the contractor to make a diversion which is going to be used by the public until the new Bridge is opened so that traffic is not affected," he added.

Mr Jeremiah Cheng Liang, the representative of the contractor said there should be no worry about their works because they have ever constructed bigger Bridges in Uganda and other countries.

"We have confidence that the Bridge will be built in a very good condition. This is a very important Bridge that connects Yumbe to Arua district," he said.

Liang added: "We are also going to tarmac the road about half a kilometre on either side of the Bridge and I assure you that the work of the Bridge will be completed before the stated project duration."

He said they are going to use local labourers in the area to assist them with the works and some of the local materials like aggregate, sand will also be obtained locally.

Mr Akasa Uriga who represented the Yumbe district Engineer said there is a need for the involvement of the district engineering department in the period of carrying out the Bridge design.

"My concern in this project is about environmental protection because when we deal with road works, we tend to tamper with the environment. River beds have been silted meaning that we are discharging silting into the water and during the construction process, the matter of environmental protection should be taken care of very seriously," Uriga advised.

Mr Kassim Asiku, the Odravu sub-county chairperson said Jure Bridge gave them hard time, adding that they have been making a lot of noise because of its poor state.

"We lost so many lives of people on this particular Bridge, I’m now happy that we have finally handed it over for construction. The contractor should ensure that there is quality in the work done so that we can see value for money," he said.