Expansion of the 20-km stretch between Athi River town and Machakos turn-off section of Nairobi-Mombasa Road into a dual carriageway is underway with actual works expected to be fully complete by December 2018.
The Sh5.3 billion ($52.3 million) construction – which started in March this year – consist of three interchanges at Athi River town, Daystar University and Mua Hills junctions as well as eight kilometres of service roads on either side of the main carriageway at Athi River.
Work on the project, designed to ease traffic congestion along the busy Mombasa-Nairobi highway, is being constructed by China Railway 21st Bureau Group.
President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the construction in October last year. There is recorded progress on the ongoing works with construction of the 98-metre bridge, the longest in the northern corridor, and another 50-metre bridge almost complete. Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has expressed satisfaction with the progress made so far.
Director General, Peter Mundinia said the project would be completed within the scheduled period. During an inspection of four locations of the project on Tuesday, Mundinia said cooperation from locals where it is traversing, and ease of getting materials is aiding the smooth running of the works.
“The contractor is on schedule. We are looking at a December 2018 deadline,” said Mundinia who was accompanied by senior officials from the authority, project managers and the consultant.
The project manager, Salman Osare said actual construction of approach roads on either side of the project for Nairobi-bound traffic and Mombasa-bound, would begin in six to eight months.
“We expect to embark on the construction of the approach roads between October and November,” he added. This initiative is part of ongoing efforts to ease congestion on the Northern Transport Corridor.
The project is also being carried out in anticipation of increased transit cargo in East Africa as regional economies continue to post robust growth.