The much-awaited construction of the Sh25 billion Dongo Kundu bypass will start early next year, Transport Permanent Secretary John Mosonik has said.
Mr Mosonik told journalists in Mombasa that the bypass will de-congest Mombasa by providing an alternative to the Likoni ferry by linking the mainland with the south coast.
The project, which has been in the pipeline for decades, is expected to facilitate the establishment of a free port facility at Dongo Kundu as well as opening up south coast for tourism and agriculture.
“The project will be implemented in three packages. The first is Miritini to Kipevu Link Road, Mwache to Dongo Kundu, which includes construction of long span bridges over the creeks and Dongo Kundu to Kibundani to link with Likoni-Lunga Lunga Road,” said Mr Mosonik.
Package two includes construction of the Mwache-Dongo Kundu stretch, which includes construction of the Mwache Bridge, while package three comprises the stretch from Dongo Kundu-Kibundani.
“Within the next two weeks, we will be announcing the winner of the tender for package one of the project,” said Mr Mosonik.
Package one of the project, which is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) is expected be completed in 30 months.
In June 2012, Kenya signed a Sh25 billion loan agreement with Jica to finance the construction of the Dongo Kundu bypass, which is approximately 16.2km of single carriageway.
The loan will be repaid in 30 years at an interest rate of 1.2 per cent, after a grace period of ten years.