The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) is set to roll out the rehabilitation of the 170 Kilometers Isebania- Kisii- Ahero (A1) Road and associated feeder roads totaling 206 Kilometers. The project is jointly funded by the Africa Development Bank (AFDB) and the Government of Kenya.
The project has been packaged in two lots
Lot 1: Rehabilitation and Upgrading of Isebania- Kisii road of approximately 86 Km given to China Henan International Corporation Group at the cost of KES 8.6 billion. It includes Suneka- Rangwe- Olare road (31 Km), Nyachenge – Tabaka – Ogembo road (20Km), Nyamataro Loop road (4Km), Ndiru link road (10Km), and other access and link roads totaling 33 Km.
The second lot involve the rehabilitation and upgrading of Kisii – Ahero road approximately 84 Km and the following feeder roads; Oyugis – Kendu bay (20Km), Oyugis- Rangwe-Rodi Kopany (30 Km), Misambo- Ekerenyo (15 Km), Sondu – Nyabondo/ Nyakach (11 Km), Oyugis- Gamba (7km) and other access and link road totaling 25 km. This lot is to be undertaken by Third Engineering Bureau of China Construction Company at the cost of KES 9.4 billion.
This road project forms part of the A1 road connecting South Sudan to Tanzania as part of the East African regional trunk road network. The configuration of the new road will include spacious paved road shoulders, climbing lanes, footbridges, and other road safety design features. The project will also include upgrading of the Rongo weighbridge and the installing of road side amenities such as market stalls.
The Chairman of KeNHA Eng. Erastus Mwongera said the project will start in the next two months and is expected to take two years. The project starts at Isebania (Kenya/Tanzania boarder) in Migori County