The Northern bypass is one of Kenya government’s major infrastructure projects aimed at making the country a regional business hub.
The 31-km bypass starts from Ruaka trading centre along Limuru Road, overpasses Banana Road through Runda and Thome estates. It then proceeds to Kahawa West and eventually to Ruiru, through Kamae, where it joins the Eastern bypass.
The Northern bypass together with the Eastern Bypass will cost Sh8.5 billion. Kenya is financing 15 per cent of the project (Sh1.2 billion) while the China is financing the remaining 85 per cent (Sh7.3 billion).
Once complete, the Northern bypass will be wide enough to accommodate two heavy commercial vehicles going opposite directions.
The project is expected to be complete by 2012 and includes construction of interchanges, flyovers, box culverts, and standard pipe culverts.
China has appointed China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) as the contractor for the project.