Gulu To Get More Roads Under World Bank Project

Ring Road in Gulu town– one of the roads constructed and installed with street lights under the World Bank project (Photo by James Owich

Gulu municipality will in the next eight months increase the 17.23 more kilometers of road to its next work, according to the Town Clerk Francis Barabanawe.

The roads will be constructed under the multi-billion shillings road infrastructural development fund by World Bank to Gulu Municipal Council under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID).

Gulu town’s road network have significantly improved in the last two years.

Gulu Municipality is one of the 14 municipalities across the country which is benefiting from the road infrastructural development fund.

Through the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, World Bank has advanced at total of 146.651 billion shillings to the 14 benefiting municipalities.

Eng Isaac Mutenyo, Program Coordinator, USMID projects noted that the project will spur development in targeted urban areas.

Under Batch 1A, World Bank released a total of 16.1 billion to Gulu Municipal Council for road construction.

The money financed the upgrade of five roads within Gulu central business district (CBD) totaling to 3.638KM.

Among the roads that were upgraded to bitumen levels are; Alokolum road in Layibi Division, Acholi Lane, Cemetery Road and Ring Road, all in Pece Division.

Meanwhile under Batch 1B, World Bank released at total of 23.6 billion shillings.

With the fund, the Municipal Council upgraded 12 roads which total of 4.522KM.

Recently, the World Bank released another 42.5 billion for the upgrade of 13 roads totaling 9.07 KM.

Town Clerk Barabanawe says they have so far received a total of 82.4 billion shillings from World Bank under USMID.

Barabanawe said the money will enable Gulu Municipality to upgrade 30 roads.

By June 2018, the roads that will be worked on the by Gulu Municipal Council will total to 17.230KM.