Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has contracted two engineering companies to undertake the rehabilitation and upgrading of Isebania-Kisii-Ahero road to bitumen standard. The companies China Henan International Corporation Group and Third Engineering Bureau of China City Construction will each carry out the project in lots. The road project forms part of other international link roads being implemented in the larger Western region.
It will commence at Isebania, Kenya/Tanzania border in Migori County and traverse through Homa Bay, Kisii, Nyamira counties terminating at Ahero in Kisumu County. It is part of the A1 road, which connects South Sudan to the North of Tanzania through the Republic of Kenya.
The 170 kilometers road corridor and associated feeder roads totaling 206km road will be revamped at a cost of KES18bn with joint funding from the Government of Kenya and African Development Bank Group (AfDB).
The first lot to be done by China Henan International Corporation Group is worth KES8.6bn is divided as follows: Suneka-Rangwe-Olare, Nyachenge-Tabaka-Ogembo, Nyamataro Loop Road, Ndiru Link Road, and Other Accesses and Link roads.
Second lot costing KES 9.4bn involves upgrading Kisii-Ahero road by Third Engineering Bureau of China City Construction. This consists of Oyugis-Kendu Bay, Oyugis-Rangwe-Rodi Kopany, Misambi-Ekerenyo, Sondu-Nyabondo/Nyakach, Oyugis-Gamba and other Accesses and Link Roads.
Moreover, the repair will include construction of spacious paved shoulders, climbing lanes, footbridges, an overpass and other features designed to promote road safety. Also, Rongo weighbridge will be upgraded to ensure continued road protection against overloading.
Once completed, it will boost the Lake Victoria Region and ensure that socio-economic benefits like exploitation of natural resources in the respective counties.