Work set to begin on Sh25bn Dongo Kundu bypass

Artist’s impression of the Dongo Kundu Bypass

The much-awaited construction of the Sh25 billion Dongo Kundu bypass is set to begin in the next few weeks, Transport Permanent Secretary John Mosonik has said.

Mr Mosonik said 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.

The ministry is likely to announce the winner of the tender for package one of the project next week.

Package one of the Dongo Kundu bypass, 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.

One Response to this article

  1. Shughuli says:

    Great deal. This will open up business in south coast specifically tourism. It will save time to many especially those who need to catch flights at Moi int. airport. The ferry crossing has been a problem on this and Dongo Kundu will provide a permanent solution. I hope those who will work on this project will consider the jobless coastarians.

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