Construction on the Nakuru Airport after the closure of the bid submission process for the project.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the Kenya Airports Authority will review the received bids to determine who is awarded the construction contract.
The long-awaited project will involve the conversion of the Lanet military airstrip into an international civilian airport with the aim of supporting horticulture and tourism in the Rift Valley hub.
Located near the Kenya Military Academy – about 10 km from Nakuru town, the airstrip will be upgraded in two phases in partnership with the county government.
With full funding from the Government of Kenya of Ksh. 27 billion, the first phase of the project consists of a 1.7 km runway, rehabilitation of the existing runway to bitumen standards, the erection of a fence, and the construction of taxiways.
In addition, it will involve the construction of a terminal building, a military lounge, construction of air rescue and firefighting building, a power substation and a patrol road as well as the construction of military and civilian gates.
The second phase of the project will extend the first phase enabling the airport to accommodate larger aircraft (approximately 40 to 100 tonnes) and may involve land acquisitions.
The latest developments are long overdue for the project, whose groundbreaking was scheduled for 2014, located on 642 acres in the Pipeline area.
The county had proposed two other sites: Naivasha and Njoro which were rejected on the basis of poor terrain. The airport will be located about 15km from Nakuru town on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.