Construction of the multi-billion shilling Dongo Kundu project in Mombasa is back on course after the government handed over the Miritini site to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation.The project is expected to ease congestion at the Likoni crossing channel and ease travel to South Coast from West and North Coast.
The project will be in into three phases. The first phase, a 10km stretch from Miritini to Kipevu and provide a link between Mombasa-Nairobi highway and the port. The stretch to be constructed to a dual carriage way standards is expected to take 36 months to complete and will cost Sh11 billion.
Phase two construction works will entail construction of the Mwache – Dongo Kundu stretch. On this route, Mwache Bridge will also be set up. The Dongo Kundu – Kibundani stretch will be constructed in the Phase III of the project to connect with the Likoni-Lunga Lunga road.
The bypass will solve recurrent congestion at the Likoni Ferry, which is blamed for underdevelopment of the South Coast. Dongo Kundu project will provide the necessary infrastructure to develop the Mombasa free trade zone similar to the one in Dubai. It will run two kilometers west of Moi International Airport in Mombasa and connect the Likoni-Diani and the Mombasa-Nairobi highways.
In 2012, Japan International Cooperation Agency funded the project with a KES 29 billion grant. Construction of the bypass will be a crucial undertaking to opening the south of coast to tourism and agricultural activities. Kenya is also constructing a 10,000km road project under the Annuity Finance Programme to open up the areas for regional growth.