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The Principal Secretary for Roads Eng. Joseph Mbugua today held a meeting with Development Partners funding the regional Mombasa Port Access road project (Mombasa- Mariakani road project) to discuss its status.

The Development Partners team, comprising of members from the European Investment Bank(EIB)led by Mr Feller Julie, the German Development Bank (KfW), led by Ostheroon Maltian, and the European Union-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund (EU-AITF) led by Mr. Stephen Fox met the State Department of Roads projects implementation team to discuss the status of the projects. 

The government of Kenya received funding from the European Investment Bank, the German Development Bank, and the European Union-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund, towards the construction of the Mombasa-Mariakani (A109) Highway road project (Lot 2- Kwa Jomvu- Mariakani).

The project is located in the coastal region and forms part of the Mombasa –Nairobi (A8) Highway. The project starts at the Kwa Jomvu interchange and follows the alignment of the existing road through Miritini, Mazeras and Mariakani and ends just after he Mariakani weighbridge.

The 30.4 KM road project is being implemented by the Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) at a cost of Kshs. 10.4 Billion, and it will involve capacity enhancement from the current 2-way lane to a 4-way lane dual carriageway with climbing lanes and service lanes in the urban sections.

The project will also involve improvement of grade intersections along the project road and the construction of Non-Motorized facilities, pedestrian footbridges, enhanced urban drainage, a truck parking facilities and Weighbridges for Axle-load control.

The project was awarded to M/s The Third Engineering Bureau of China City Construction Group, who commenced work on the project in July 2023. The project will run for a period of 30 months and is expected to be completed by end of January in 2026. The Construction Supervision Consultant for the project is M/s SAI Consulting Engineers in association with Ochieng’ Abuodha and Associates Limited. The project will be maintained for a period of 60 months after completion.

Once completed, the road will improve access and connectivity between Kenya and the rest of East and Central Africa by reduction of travel time and vehicle operating costs along the northern corridor. This will enhance regional integration and trade through easing movement of people and goods.

Present was the Roads Secretary, Eng. Luka Kimeli, Secretary for Administration, Mongo Chimwaga, Chief Engineer, Roads, Eng. James Kungu, Director General for KeNHA, Eng. Kung’u Ndung’u,  Director General for the Kenya Rural Roads Authority(KeRRA) Eng. Philemon Kandie, Director General for Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) Eng. Silas Kinoti, and Deputy Chief Engineer for Roads Eng. Gilbert Arasa.