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Chinese firm to start building Sh6.5bn Mombasa-Jomvu Road

Gridlock Vehicles stuck in traffic jam on Mombasa-Jomvu Road. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NMG
Gridlock Vehicles stuck in traffic jam on Mombasa-Jomvu Road. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NMG 

Construction of the Mombasa-Jomvu Road is set to kick off after the Sh6.5 billion contract was awarded to a Chine se firm, Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) director-general Peter Mundinia has said.

Third China Engineering Company was awarded the tender and will construct the 10-kilometre road that will be expanded to a dual carriage with six lanes in 30 months.

“We will also provide non-motorised transport network and adjacent truck parking areas including service lanes to improve accessibility to surrounding business areas and port related activity centres such as container freight stations (CFSs),” he said.

“The road once complete will facilitate easy access to the Mombasa port and ease freight transport originating or destined for Nairobi and other inland regional countries in East Africa.”

Mr Mundinia spoke on Tuesday when members of KeNHA board led by chairman Erastus Mwongera inspected construction works on Dongo Kundu bypass.

The project, which is the first phase of dualling of the 41.6-kilometre Mombasa-Mariakani Road, is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the government.

Mr Mundinia also said the KeNHA was waiting for bids for the construction of phase two and three of the Dongo Kundu bypass.

The first phase, the 11-kilometre Kipevu stretch between Mombasa port and Miritini is 70 per cent complete, he said.

Early this month, the KeNHA advertised the tender for construction of phases two and three of the project after the government secured funds.

The road is expected to solve the problems experienced at the Likoni channel where ferries break down frequently.

Phase two of the project is 8.9 kilometres between Mwache Junction and Mteza, while phase three is the 6.9 kilometres between Mteza and Kibundani, linking the highway with the Likoni-LungaLunga road.

While works in phase two will involve the construction of two bridges, one at Mwache which will be 660 metres long and another one at Mteza (1,440 metres), a sightseeing bay will be constructed.

At least 88 hectares of mangroves will also be replanted, according to the notice.

“We expect that the bids will be out on August 23 after which we will do the evaluation and award the contract. The entire bypass will cost about Sh39 billion and will be completed in four years because most of the works will be done in the ocean,” said Mr Mundinia.

The 26-kilometre Dongo Kundu road linking Mombasa-Nairobi highway with Likoni-Lunga Lunga road is also referred to as the Southern bypass and seen as the solution to the perennial problem of congestion at the Likoni ferry, which is blamed for the underdevelopment of the South Coast.