The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has formally signed a commercial agreement with Messer Bechtel International Inc for the construction of the 473 km Nairobi- Mombasa (A8) expressway. Messer Bechtel International Inc, of San Francisco was selected to build the first high speed expressway in the country.
The 473-km route will vastly improve the connectivity, efficiency and safety of road transport between Nairobi and the country’s main seaport of Mombasa. “The expressway is a motorway with controlled access designed for consistent speeds of 120 kph and will reduce the journey from over 10 hours to approximately four hours,” said Engineer peter Mundinia in a statement.
“It will enable Kenya to competitively develop and expand internal and regional trade.” The project will be supported with financing from Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) in the United States of America. “The signing of this agreement is set to open the next steps of mobilising funds from ECAs for the construction of the expressway,” said Mundinia. The project has been structured to achieve early completion under a fast-track delivery model with concurrent design and construction. The first section from the Namanga Road near Kitengela will have an interchange near Konza ICT city and a spur rod to Kyumvi on Mombasa road. The section is targeted to open to traffic in October 2019. The highway will be completed in ten sections within the next six years.
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