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New contractor to complete Sh1bn Kisumu road November

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A section of the stalled Kisumu Boys Roundabout –Mamboleo road. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Summary

  • The construction of the eight-kilometre Kisumu Boys Roundabout –Mamboleo junction will be completed by November 2021 after over two years’ break.
  • The contract has been awarded to China Railway No.10 Engineering Group after the withdrawal of Israel contractor SBI International Holdings AG (Kenya) over delayed payments.
  • Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) Nyanza regional director Cleophas Makau said the new contractor is on course to completing “the vital section” of the Kisumu- Kakamega highway.

The construction of the eight-kilometre Kisumu Boys Roundabout –Mamboleo junction will be completed by November 2021 after over two years’ break.

The contract has been awarded to China Railway No.10 Engineering Group after the withdrawal of Israel contractor SBI International Holdings AG (Kenya) over delayed payments.

Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) Nyanza regional director Cleophas Makau said the new contractor is on course to completing “the vital section” of the Kisumu- Kakamega highway.

“We procured a new contractor and he started working on November 29 last year,” he said, adding that the contract duration is 12 months.

Mr Makau said the dual carriageway project — that will cost about Sh1 billion and which had been stopped in December 2018 — will enhance convenience for commuters to the lakeside city. The programme which was being jointly financed by the World Bank and the national government at a cost of Sh2.6 billion flopped after donor funding was exhausted before the completion of the project.

“Due to budget constraints, the government could not proceed with the project and had to look for alternative ways of financing the mega project,” said the regional KeNHA boss on the sidelines of the World Engineering Day marked in Kisumu.

Mr Makau said the highways authority is closely working with private sector players to improve the roads in Western Kenya.

He said China Railway No.10 Engineering Group is also in the process of completing Sh1.3 billion Ahero–Kisii Interchange and will also be combined with Kericho-Kisumu Interchange to be done by November this year.

The Kenha boss also indicated that the construction of a 63 kilometre sugar-belt road traversing Kisumu, Nandi and Kericho counties is on course.

Three firms are expected to split the Sh4.9 billion set aside to build the Kisumu-Chemelil-Muhoroni Road which is now divided into Mamboleo junction to Miwani, Miwani to Chemelil and Chemelil-Muhoroni to Kipsitet junction.

The scope also includes the dualling of Mamboleo-A1 intersection to Great Lakes University together with service lanes, pedestrian walkway and the provision of street lighting in the area. It will also include the construction of some selected feeder roads to market centres and administrative centres.