The Uganda National Roads Authority [UNRA] has said the contractor on the Source of the Nile Bridge in Jinja was conducting several tests to form a base line data for the Bridge Structural Health monitoring.
This comes after reports emerged on social media that the recently commissioned state of the art bridge had developed cracks.
“The wearing course seen and referred to as ‘bumpy’ or cracked by a section of the public is a non structural attachment and therefore not a defect on the
It’s to be replaced with permanent asphalt as soon as investigation on structural behaviour is concluded and baseline data is formed. This will be done within the defect liability period before contractor leaves the site,” a UNRA statement read.
UNRA also revealed that at the moment, the Contractor has completed all the tests and has embarked on plans to start application of permanent asphalt on the bridge deck but as a contractual requirement they are preparing a trial section of asphalt on the bridge at the length of approximately 100m on both approaches of the bridge.
The statement further read: “This is ongoing and the exercise shall not interrupt the flow of traffic on the bridge.”