President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will later this morning launch the 1.9 billion shillings Liwatoni Pedestrian Floating Bridge in Mombasa County.
The 1.2 kilometer Liwatoni Pedestrian Floating Bridge is the first of its kind in the region and is designed to ease pressure on the Likoni ferry crossing by taking up most of the foot traffic, leaving the ferries to serve vehicular and cargo crossing between Mombasa Island and the South Coast.
The floating bridge will be 800 metres long and will have a six-metre wide walkway with a 150-metre long movable part which will be opened and closed to allow for ships to pass through to and from the Mombasa port.
The floating bridge which will be operated by the Kenya Ports Authority and the Kenya National Highways Authority is expected to decongest the Likoni ferry crossing channel that handles about 300,000 people and 6,000 vehicles each day.
President Kenyatta and visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Wednesday inaugurated the Moyale One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) in Marsabit County before heading to Lamu County where they inspected the ongoing construction works at the new Lamu Port.