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Kampala Northern Bypass Highway

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The Kampala Northern Bypass Highway, often referred to as the Northern Bypass, is a road in Uganda It forms a semicircle across the northern suburbs of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city The road was constructed to relieve traffic congestion within the city center, allowing cross-country traffic to bypass the city's downtown area


  • 1 Location
  • 2 Overview
  • 3 Expansion
  • 4 Points of interest
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


The bypass stretches from Namboole, approximately 11 kilometres 7 mi to the east of downtown Kampala The highway winds through the suburbs of Naalya, Kiwaatule, Kulambiro, Kigoowa, Bukoto, Mulago, Makerere, Bwaise, Kawaala, and Namungoona, to end at Busega, approximately 8 kilometres 50 mi west of the city The highway measures approximately 22 kilometres 14 mi in length The coordinates of the road at its northernmost point are 00°21′56″N 32°36′18″E / 036556°N 3260500°E / 036556; 3260500Coordinates: 00°21′56″N 32°36′18″E / 036556°N 3260500°E / 036556; 3260500


The bypass opened to traffic on 1 October 2009 Constructed between 2004 and 2009, the bypass is about 22 kilometres 14 mi long The project was funded by the European Union and the Uganda government


In August 2012, Ugandan print media reported that expansion of the bypass to dual carriageway for its entire length would begin in early 2013 Funding for the expansion is being provided by the European Investment Bank, the European Union, and the Ugandan government

In May 2014, the Uganda National Roads Authority awarded the construction contract for the expansion to Mota-Engil, Engenharia E Construcao SA, a subsidiary of the Mota-Engil civil engineering and construction conglomerate based in Portugal Construction was expected to start in June 2014 and last 30 months

In October 2014, Ugandan print media reported that the construction start was postponed to the end of 2014 and would last approximately 30 months

On 23 February 2015, the widening of the bypass was officially launched

Construction costs are budgeted at €674 million The breakdown of the funding sources is in the table below:

Kampala Northern Bypass Extension Funding
Rank Development Partner Contribution in Euros Percentage Notes
1 European Union 370 million 5490 Grant
2 European Investment Bank 150 million 2225 Loan
3 Government of Uganda 154 million 2285 Investment
Total 674 million 10000

Points of interest

Some of the points of interest along or near the bypass include: 1 Mandela National Stadium, at Bweyogerere 2 Mulago Hill, the highway skirts the northern borders of the hill between Bukoto and Bwaise 3 Kampala–Bombo Road, crosses the Northern Bypass, at the northern end of Makerere University Campus4 Makerere University, the road passes near the northern borders of the university campus between Bwaise and Kawaala 5 Kampala–Mityana Road, joins the highway at Busega where Kasumba Square Mall is located 6 Entebbe–Kampala Expressway, joins the bypass highway at Busega 7 Kampala–Masaka Road, is connected to the bypass highway by a short connector at Busega

See also

  • Entebbe–Kampala Expressway
  • Kampala–Jinja Highway
  • Kampala–Jinja Expressway


  1. ^ Kyle Duncan Kushaba 9 August 2016 "Bweyogerere: The home of Ugandan soccer" New Vision Kampala Retrieved 15 November 2016 
  2. ^ GFC 15 June 2016 "Distance between Mandela National Stadium, Kampala, Central Region, Uganda and Post Office Building, Kampala Road, Kampala, Central Region, Uganda" Globefeedcom GFC Retrieved 15 June 2016 
  3. ^ a b Anguyo, Innocent 13 May 2014 "Portuguese firm awarded sh200b Northern Bypass contract" Kampala: New Vision Retrieved 12 November 2015 
  4. ^ GFC 12 February 2016 "Distance between Namboole Road Bus Stop, Kampala, Central Region, Uganda and Geossy Company Limited, Kampala, Central Region, Uganda" Glbefeedcom GFC Retrieved 12 February 2016 
  5. ^ a b Bwire, Nelson 27 March 2015 "Expansion works on Northern Bypass expected to ease trade" Daily Monitor Kampala Retrieved 15 June 2016 
  6. ^ Google 11 November 2015 "Location of Kampala Northern Bypass Highway At Kisaasi Interchange" Map Google Maps Google Retrieved 11 November 2015 
  7. ^ a b c Mulondo, Moses 28 September 2009 "Northern Bypass opens on Thursday" New Vision Retrieved 12 November 2015 
  8. ^ a b Balagadde, Samuel 10 August 2012 "Expansion of Northern Bypass starts early 2013" New Vision Retrieved 12 November 2015 
  9. ^ Balagadde, Samuel 16 October 2014 "Sh30b set for compensation on second phase of Northern Bypass" New Vision Kampala Retrieved 12 November 2015 
  10. ^ Kazibwe, Kenneth 24 February 2015 "Museveni Launches $67m Northern Bypass Extension" Chimpreportscom Retrieved 12 November 2015 
  11. ^ Musisi, Frederic 2 August 2016 "Uganda: UNRA Warns Encroachers on Entebbe Road Reserve" Daily Monitor via AllAfricacom Kampala Retrieved 4 August 2016 
  12. ^ APA 24 February 2015 "Ugandan leader commissions EU-funded Northern By-Pass highway" Enstarafricacom Archived from the original on 25 February 2015 Retrieved 12 November 2015 
  13. ^ Google 12 February 2016 "Map Showing the Location And Route of Kampala Northern Bypass Highway And the Neighborhoods It Traverses" Map Google Maps Google Retrieved 12 February 2016 
  14. ^ Google 15 June 2016 "Map of Short Road Connector Between Kampala Northern Bypass Highway to The Top And Kampala–Masaka Road to the Bottom" Map Google Maps Google Retrieved 15 June 2016 

External links

  • President Museveni Launches Expansion of Northern Bypass Highway
  • Kampala Northern Bypass project way behind schedule

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