New Isimba Bridge is Ready for use - UNRA
Uganda National Roads Authority (Unra) on Tuesday concluded its dynamic load testing on the Isimba public bridge that connects Kayunga and Kamuli districts across River Nile and indicated that it is ready for use.
During the testing exercise that lasted seven hours, four dump trucks weighing 30 tonnes each were placed on the bridge, which is set to be commissioned next week by President Museveni.
According to the Unra head of bridges and structures, Mr Lawrence Pario, who headed the testing exercise, the objective was to assess the bridge’s ability to manage heavy load and to ascertain its conformity with the design.
After seven hours of testing under the scorching sun, Mr Pario said: “It has passed the test and we shall recommend to the relevant authorities that it is ready for commissioning.”
“This exercise (testing) is very important in bridge construction because we have to test it to confirm whether it is fit for public use before it is commissioned,” he added.
Mr Pario said pedestrians and motor cyclists are now free to use it to cross through the river. Vehicles will be allowed after its commissioning.
The project was undertaken by China International Water and Electric Corporation, which constructed the 183MW Isimba Dam.
The President is expected to commission the bridge together with the newly renovated and expanded Kayunga district hospital soon.