The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has awarded Third China Engineering Company the tender to construct the Mombasa- Jomvu superhighway. The construction of the 10-kilometer road will expand the current single-two roadway into a dual carriageway with six lanes in 30 months. The works will cost KES 6.5 billion. This is set to go a long way in easing the traffic congestion in Likoni.
“We will also provide non-motorized transport network and adjacent truck parking areas including service lanes to improve accessibility to surrounding business areas and port related activity centers such as Container Freight Stations,” said Eng. Peter Mundinia, the KeNHA Director General.
The project is phase one of turning the 41.6 kilometer Mombasa to Mariakani road into a dual carriageway. It is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the government of Kenya. KeNHA is also waiting for bids for the construction of phase two and three of the Dongo Kundu bypass. The first phase is the Kipevu 11-kilometre stretch between Mombasa port and Miritini.At the moment this bit is 70 percent complete according to Eng. Erastus Mwongera the Chairman of KeNHA.
Phase two of the project is 8.9 kilometers between Mwache Junction and Mteza, while phase three is the 6.9 kilometers between Mteza and Kibundani, linking the highway with the Likoni-Lunga Lunga Road.
The entire bypass will cost about KES 39 billion and will be completed in the next four years. The 26-kilometre Dongo Kundu road linking Mombasa-Nairobi highway with Likoni-Lunga Lunga road is also referred to as the Southern bypass and seen as the solution to the perennial problem of congestion at the Likoni ferry. KeNHA is currently seeking bids for the construction of phase two and three of the Dongo Kundu bypass. They expect to start working on the bids in August.