Phase 2 of the Dongo Kundu bypass project is set to be rolled out from next month after the Attorney General gave clearance to the project.
Engineer Peter Mundinia, the Kenya National Highways Authority Director General confirmed the reports saying that the project’s objective is to ease traffic from the Likoni ferry in addition to decongesting Mombasa city and the port.
The project is Mombasa’s version of Southern Bypass. The bypass will connect three main corridors including the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, Mombasa-Malindi and Mombasa-Lunga Lunga highway.
Details of the project show that phase 2 and 3 of the project will involve construction of an interchange at the intersection of the Likoni-Lunga Lunga highway and installation of a bridge at Mwache – 900 metres long, and another at Mteza spanning 1.4 kilometres.
President Uhuru Kenyatta recently graced the official opening of phase one of the project by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, phase two of the project is estimated to cost US $297m.
According to the projects breakdown, work on the US $238m 9km Mwache-Mteza dual carriageway which includes two over the sea bridges of 600m, 1,440m and a 660m viaduct, is scheduled to take 48 months while phase 3 of the project which covers the 7km Mteza-Kibundani Road at a cost of $39m, will take 24 months.
The project is a big boost for infrastructure at the coast and one to delight investors especially those involved in hospitality and tourism, transport and real estate sectors.
Already the Kenya Ports Authority has expressed intention to establish a Special Economic Zone at Dongo Kundu in line with the building of the first berth of a new free port which will be up soon.