Kenya are developing their first double decker highway

By Catherine Sturman
Kenya is to develop the first double decker highway with funding from the World Bank. The project will connect linkJomo Kenyatta International Airport(J...

Kenya is to develop the first double decker highway with funding from the World Bank. The project will connect link Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and Nairobi-Nakuru highway, with the aim to ease decongestion within the city and improve travel time for commuters.

The project will commence in three phases: one will incorporate the initial 6.5 kilometres, with JKIA linking with Likoni Road and the Southern bypass interchange. Second phase will connect Likoni Road to James Gichuru Road junction on Waiyaki Way in Westlands, with phase three joining James Gichuru Road to Rironi on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

Peter Mundinia the Director-General at Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) said, “We are now in a commitment to ensure that we see the project running as we have already signed a pack agreement with the World bank to give us Sh38 billion project and we expect to finalise discussions by December.”

However, to avoid the continual congestion on Mombasa Road which provides access to Nairobi and Mombasa within Kenya, motorists will have to pay a toll charge which will “stand at between Sh500 and Sh1,000 for convenience to those in a hurry”, Transport Secretary James Macharia added.

“It is a matter of choice and those who don’t want to pay will continue using the current roads.”

It is believed that Chinese construction and engineering company Wu Yi will be carrying out the project.  

Source: Construction Review Online

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