05-07-2022 by redazione
Despite the period of great crisis that, as well as the entire Western sphere, is affecting the already proven developing countries, Kenya does not want to stop its growth process that inevitably passes through services and infrastructure.
The ongoing search for project financing and partnerships, and the activation of the Nairobi Expressway, led the Ministry of Transport and the Kenya National Highways Authority in recent weeks to finalize an agreement with a Korean company to build the 482-kilometer-long Nairobi-Mombasa toll highway.
The four-lane highway had originally been contracted to a U.S. company, but negotiations that began in 2016 for the public-private partnership had not reached a final agreement, after already the start of construction, announced for 2018, had been postponed by a year.
Now the KENHA has viewed the feasibility study proposed by the Korean Overseas Infrastructure & Urban Development Corporation Africa (KIND) and a Task Force has been formed in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works and the Kenya National Highways Authority itself. Like the Nairobi Expressway built by the Chinese, this will also be a public-private partnership (PPP) road project.
The feasibility study focused on projections of demand, traffic, and cost-effectiveness of the project.
The Nairobi-Mombasa Expressway is expected to run from Machakos to Mariakani and transform the existing two-lane road into a four-lane roadway.
It is not yet clear whether the expressway, as in the previous project, will involve widening the current road to only two lanes. In fact, the previous design envisaged dividing it into three main sections: one running from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi to end at Kibwezi (between Emali and Voi) for a length of 174 kilometers.
Another section was to run between Kibwezi and Voi, for a total of 132 kilometers, and the third section was between Voi and Mombasa, for the last 160 kilometers.
The section would have ten toll booths, including Mariakani, Maji ya Chumvi, Buchuma Gate, Mtito Andei, Sultan Hamud, Machakos, Athi River, and Nairobi JKIA.
Motorists on the highway will be able to reach a maximum speed of 120 km/h.
Once the project starts, more than 2,500 jobs per year will be created during operations and maintenance.
It will be an American firm, the Betchel of San Francisco, to build the fast multi-lane highway from Mombasa to Nairobi.
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