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A new road construction company from USA, LandLock Natural Paving Inc, launched its services in Uganda and also held a demonstration at Nyanama, on the outskirts of Kampala.
Speaking to journalists at the site, the vice president of the company Mike Kostorowski said the company will act as a hub in the Great Lakes Region .
“Landlock is excited to offer a more sustainable and cheaper alternative to the oil based tarmac products. Estimates received by Landlock executive’s shows construction companies in Uganda charge up to $500,000 per km for tarmacking roads. This figure does not include regular maintenance needed to maintain that surface. The landlock solution is a fraction of the cost, friendly to the environment and easy to install. The life of the surface, depending on what the road is subjected to, will last and the prices won’t fluctuate with the cost of oil. The maintenance needed to insure years of life is minimal and simple”, he said.
Kostorowski said that “Landlock is environmentally safe. There is no oily material to leach into the soil. It uses reduced energy to produce and apply compared with other paving options – no trucks running back and forth to the plant create a toxic carbon footprint.
He added that Landlock is affordable and the Ugandan government and road construction companies can use the technology to cut costs. It is a fraction of the cost of asphalt, which fluctuates with the price of oil. It uses the soil on-site, offering savings in excavation, transportation disposal and labour costs. Increased road life and lower maintenance costs make the price right for any job.
Most representatives of road construction companies were excited about the technology, the first of its kind in the country. They said that they have expensive road construction equipment which is under utilized.
By Moses Kalisa Seruwagi