President Uhuru Kenyatta has commissioned the construction of Ksh4.5 billion Makupa dual carriage bridge; which will replace the historic Makupa Causeway – that links Mombasa Island to the Kenyan mainland.
The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) invited bids from eligible construction companies for the construction of the bridge in August 2020 and awarded the contract to China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC) in November 2020.
The existing Makupa Causeway currently separates the waters that surround Mombasa Island into Tudor Creek to the east and Port Reitz Creek to the west.
It has been reported that the causeway has been causing havoc with natural oceanic wave currents, ready movement of aqueous oxygen along the waterways, and harm to local fish breeding grounds. The old bridge has also contributed to water pollution.
KeNHA also intends to replace the causeway because traffic volumes have also grown significantly beyond the design capacity of the Causeway, and it has now become a major bottleneck in the entry and exit from the Island.
The causeway – which was built in 1929, is one of the three links between Mombasa Island and the Kenyan mainland – the other two are: the Nyali Bridge and the Kipevu Causeway.
Currently, the Causeway is shared with a railway line, at least three water/sewer/oil/gas pipelines, power lines and fiber-optic cable conduits –visibly creating clear conflicts between these service lines and the road carriageways.
While commissioning the bridge, President Kenyatta said that the government would continue to roll out transformative development projects across the country – this is according to Nation
The project which is set for completion in January 2022 will take up most of the foot traffic by linking Liwatoni on Mombasa Island with Ras Bofu in Likoni mainland. This will free up the ferry crossing, which has been in service since 1937, to cater for vehicular and cargo traffic across the Kilindini Channel without disrupting shipping service.
According to media reports, on the same day the bridge project was commissioned, the president inaugurated the 1.2 kilometer Liwatoni Pedestrian Floating Bridge and also commissioned the local assembly of the Malaysian Proton Saga saloon cars at the Associated Vehicle Assemblers (AVA) in Miritini, Mombasa County.