Five international firms have expressed interest in building the second Nyali Bridge in Mombasa County under the Public Private Partnership model.
The bridge is among five flagship projects the government intends to implement using the model that will also see the introduction of tolling stations.
The pre-qualification bid closed Thursday allowing the Kenya Urban Roads Authority to open bidding for the project after which a winner will be selected to embark on constructing the bridge.
Pressure on the exchequer in funding some key infrastructure projects and maintenance of existing road networks has encouraged the government to seek alternative solutions to promptly implement already identified projects.
Thus, the Ministry Of Transport And Infrastructure identified the Public Private Partnership model that allows contractors to mobilize financial resources to carry out the projects and introduce toll charges for motorists using the roads.
The Nairobi-Mombasa highway, the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit Highway, Thika Road, Nairobi’s Southern Bypass and a second Nyali Bridge in Mombasa are some of the projects whose implementation cost is at least Ksh 320 billion.
Five companies, Consortium of IHC and Acciona, CCCC, Strabag, Vinci, and Consortium of Mota Engil & Egis have applied to build the 2nd Nyali Bridge on a PPP model.
If the winner is selected by the KURA after the bidding process, they will be required to construct, operate and maintain a six-lane dual carriage bridge.
The bridge is expected to increase transport efficiency between the Island City of Mombasa and the Northern mainland through Nyali.
According to KURA, feasibility studies show the route has the highest vehicular traffic and therefore the bridge will be key in solving perennial gridlock around Mombasa City.
In July, National Treasury invited bids for transaction advisory services for the procurement of a tolling operator for completed projects like Thika Road and the Southern bypass.
KURA says firms pre-qualified at this stage will be invited to bid for the project after which the eventual winning firm will be picked and awarded the contract to construct the bridge.