The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) board members have made a field tour to inspect multi billion-shilling road projects, highways and vital infrastructures across the Coastal city of Mombasa.
The whirlwind inspection tour was led by KeNHA board Chairman Wangai Ndirangu, Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata and other senior officials.
The inspection team toured a number of projects being carried out in Mombasa and its environs such as the Makupa Bridge and Approach roads, Dongo Kundu Bypass Highway also called Mombasa Southern Bypass Highway, the Likoni floating bridge and the Liwatoni Matatu stage terminal and the Changamwe roundabout interchange section.
The KeNHA team expressed satisfaction and appreciated the contractors who had completed their work on time and called on others to deliver timely and quality execution of works strictly as per specifications.
The Sh.1.9 billion Likoni floating footbridge is complete and is open for use by the public but demand to hasten the construction of the Matatu stage on the island side of Mombasa has been growing loud.
The multibillion shilling projects currently underway are set to change the face of the port city boosting its economic prospects.
Eng. Ndirangu says the government views road and other infrastructure projects as a major catalyst that can spur economic growth across the country.
He said to help the work move along faster KeNHA officials would be constantly monitoring and supervising the works being carried out.
He said once all these infrastructure development projects are complete, Mombasa stands to benefit noting that ‘good road networks are key to socio-economic development’.
He noted that the ongoing massive infrastructure projects will open up the tourist resort city for business and create jobs for the locals.
Briefing journalists after the inspection at the Sh.28 billion Changamwe interchange site, Eng. Ndirangu said the high-level interchange once complete will allow for free flow of vehicular traffic.
He said the government was committed to making sure it provided a good roads network across the country to boost socio-economic activities, and urged Wananchi to rally behind the government to fulfill its mandate in the provision of infrastructure to aid speedy development.
The heavy traffic Changamwe interchange which forms a key link between the port of Mombasa and the Moi International Airport is being built by the China Communications Constructions Company.
He went on ‘the contractor is working round the clock to deliver the works within the time-frame and in accordance with our specifications and engineering standards’.
He said soon KeNHA in conjunction with Kenya Power will begin relocating power lines ahead of the commissioning of the interchange.
Eng. Ndirangu said the modern interchange once complete will pave the way for heavy trucks to access the port of Mombasa and act as thoroughfare for commercial trucks leaving the port.
He said the construction of new roads and upgrading of the existing ones is expected to reduce travel time, improve road connectivity and improve all spheres of socio-economic activities.
On the Sh.4.5 billion Makupa Bridge, Eng. Ndirangu said they are satisfied with the project’s progress since its inception in 2020.
He said the 457m long bridge awarded to the China Communications Constructions Company once complete will replace the historic Makupa causeway that links Mombasa Island to the mainland west.
Once complete the modern Makupa Bridge will replace the Makupa causeway built in the 1920’s by the British colonial government and has been interfering with the natural oceanic waves and damaging fish breeding grounds.
Eng. Ndirangu said the new Makupa Bridge will bring into an end the aquatic life interference by the Makupa causeway, a thing that has been of concern to marine experts over the decades.
The KeNHA board chairman announced that the construction projects underway are an important development project on the main Mombasa-Nairobi road network which aims to streamline traffic.