Plans to convert the Mombasa-Nairobi highway into a dual carriageway will resume next week, a statement from the Transport Ministry has reported. The 41.7km stretch will cost KES22 billion to build offering the region either road or railway as a means of transport.
This is part of the government’s plan to expand road infrastructure to complement the upgrading of the railway line to SGR and the expansion of the Port of Mombasa and Lamu Port. It is expected that the Mombasa-Nairobi section of the SGR will be ready by June 2017 and will transport a huge chunk of cargo and passenger traffic out of the highway.
The first phase of the project will see work on Mombasa-Mariakani segment upgraded to have an artery for region’s trade, which presently experiences perennial traffic congestion. African Development Bank (AfDB) will partly finance this section at a cost of KES12.7 billion committed in 2015.
In 2015, the government picked consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct a feasibility study on the commercial and technical viability of the project.
The implementing agency, Kenya National Highways Authority targets 2022 for completion of the whole stretch.
Meanwhile, AfDB has approved KES26.1bn for the upgrade of a 118km road section connecting Kenya and Uganda. The project is expected to be complete in 2021.