Targeted safety improvements in Uganda will prevent thousands of deaths and serious injuries over the next decade.
iRAP Uganda is a collaboration with the Ministry of Works and Transport, the Uganda National Roads Authority and the Automobile Association of Uganda which has assessed some 2,400km of national roads. Many of the safety improvements identified in the project coincide with improvements put in place by the road authority with World Bank finance.
On the 136km-long Masaka-Mbarara Road, for example, improvements include paving shoulders, clearing roadside hazards, installing roadside safety barriers (see right), better delineation, provision of footpaths and traffic calming and construction of roundabouts. As a result of these improvements, the length of one-star roads for vehicle occupants has dropped by 47%. It is estimated that 144 deaths will be prevented each year as a result of the improvements.