Awoo bridge construction nears completion


New Awoo bridge in Omoro district. Photo by Ojara Daniel.

By Ojara Daniel

Omoro—16 October 2020: The construction of a multi-billion shillings Awoo bridge on Tochi Awoo that connects traders to Juba (South Sudan) via Aboke-Nagai to Bobi in Omoro district is nearly done.

The news of its immediate completion has brought a lot of excitements to different road users like drivers, boda boda riders, and pedestrians, including villagers.

Awoo bridge, which was first constructed in the early1960s, became life-threatening to road users despite connecting automobiles and other users to the main highway Kampala-Kamdini-Gulu highway.

But early this year, the government of Uganda and the Uganda National Roads Authority allocated over 2.9 billion shillings to construct the new bridge on the same old structure.

The contract was awarded to the TERRAIN SERVICE LIMITED. The works kicked off this year and are expected to be completed early next year (2021).

AWOO Bridge is among the bridges in northern Uganda, which was constructed since Obote regime. Other Bridges like Awere links Omoro district to Pader district and, another Bridge is Palenga Bridge on Gulu-Kampala highway, among others.

Mr Bonny Otim, a driver who uses the Awoo bridge, says the new look will make them too busy and that the business will boom in other trading centers like Awoo, Iceme and Aboke.

Mr Opiro Sam and Adong Flavia appreciated the government of Uganda for constructing that new bridge. They all said the old bridge claimed many lives.

More details coming.


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