The Kenyan Government on Wednesday signed a KSh62 billion deal with a South African firm to construct the Lamu Garissa-Isiolo road.
The agreement between Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) and South Africa DBSA Consortium will see the 530km road project, which is part of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor, completed in four years starting June next year.
Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said in a statement the road would link Lamu on the coast to Isiolo, north of Nairobi, via Garissa.
“We are achieving a very key milestone to basically kick off the process of construction of the Lamu -Garissa- Isiolo Road and that it is no longer a pipe dream. Indeed now we are starting the implementation of the development of that corridor, we are opening that corridor of northern Kenya completely that means the growth of this country would be massively enhanced,” he said.
The road would start in the port city of Lamu and proceed in a northwesterly direction through the town of Bura, Tana River County, and continue on to the town of Garissa. At Garissa, the road would continue its northwesterly direction to Modo Gashe. Here it would take a southwesterly direction through Garba Tula, to end at Isiolo.
The consortium will design, build, finance, maintain, operate and transfer the highway. Work is due to start in mid 2018 and be completed within four years.
KeNHA director general Peter Mundinia and Group Five Properties executive officer Themba Mosai display the Sh62 billion agreement at the ministry offices.