KSh7 trillion is the amount of money the government is intending to spend on road construction over the next 15 years. A National Road Sector Investment Plan by the Ministry of Roads has been completed and is expected to improve the country’s business environment for both domestic and foreign investors.
The plan, divided into three phases of five years each will have the first phase end in the year 2015.The phases are; short term (2010-2014), medium term (2015-2019) and long term (2020-2024). During the short term period, there is a plan to recarpet and reseal 4,800 kilometers of paved roads, rehabilitate 3,900kms of paved roads and upgrade 3,900kms of roads to all weather. The total paved road network is 16,525kms.
According to an official in the ministry, Sh605 billion will have been spent on roads improvement by end of 2015.The first priority will be given to roads in Nairobi with expansion of some major highways and construction of by-passes under way.
Among the roads to be improved in Nairobi is the connection between Adams Arcade and Ngong town via Bomas of Kenya which will be turned to a dual carriage. Works are set to begin in January next year as negotiations with Exim Bank of China to fund the project go on.
Also in plan is the construction of an interchange at the Doonholm roundabout set to begin next year. The interchange will replace the roundabout which is a major cause of traffic jam.
Massive infrastructure upgrade is needed if this country is to get to the envisioned economic status by 2030. Total funding for the road sub-sector has been improving greatly from $50 million in the 2006/07 financial year to $1.2 billion in the 2010/11 financial year. This year’s budget allocation was Sh123.6 billion, an increase from the previous Sh104.3 billion. Allocation is projected to increase to $1.4 billion in the 2014/15 financial year.