Dongo Kundu bypass 33pc complete

Dongo Kundu

The face of the Coast region is expected to change radically due to ongoing upgrade of infrastructure in the region.

Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has said the projects worth more than 500 billion shillings will help attract new investments in the region.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed contractors working on various projects to conclude them within budget and on time.

For years, the Coastal region has suffered from dilapidated infrastructure and haphazard development plans dealing a major blow to the investment attractiveness of the region. 

But intensive investment in new projects is slowly changing the face of the Coastal Counties. 

A new Port at Lamu, the expansion of Mombasa Port and a new railway line have given a lifeline to the east while sagging economic fortunes in the region. 

According to the ministry of infrastructure, the government has invested more than 3.5 trillion shillings into various projects that have improved transport in the region. 

Some of the projects include the Dongo Kundu bypass which is now at 33 percent. 

The 9km dual carriageway will cost Ksh 25 billion. 

It involves the construction of an interchange at the Likoni-Lunga Lunga highway and erection of two bridges: one at Mwache spanning 660 meters, and another at Mteza straddling 1,440 meters.

Speaking during a tour of ongoing projects in the region Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the Changamwe inter-change, which will be a three-Decker first of its kind in East and Central Africa is expected to be opened to the public by the end of October. 

Other projects include the Ksh 4.5 billion Makupa Bridge, the Ksh 16 billion three-decker Changamwe interchange, and the 19 billion shillings dual carriageway from Kwa Jomvu to Mariakani. 

So far, President Uhuru Kenyatta has launched Phase I of the Dongo Kundu bypass which cost 11 billion shillings and the Likoni Floating bridge at 1.9 billion shillings. 

President Kenyatta who has been on a working visit to the Coast has urged contractors handling the projects on time and on budget.





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