Work is well underway on Sh39bn Dongo Kundu Bypass in Mombasa

Heavy machinery primed for construction of the Dongo Kundu bypass.
Past mobilisation of machinery for construction of the Dongo Kundu bypass. PHOTO/COURTESY
Work is well underway on phase one of the Sh39 billion Dongo Kundu Bypass in Mombasa, pushing forward the State’s plans to ease cargo movement from the port of Mombasa.

The 11-kilometre road between Mombasa and Miritini is now 70 per cent completed and officials have assured that it will be completed next year at a cost of Sh11 billion.

The new road runs from the Mombasa port’s second terminal and joins the busy Mombasa-Nairobi highway at Bonje near Mazeras.

“[Dongo Kundu] is a very important project because the road will help evacuate cargo from the port. You realize that there is a lot of congestion at Jomvu and Miritini, a problem we are trying to address by creating this link,” Infrastructure PS John Mosonik told journalists in a recent media briefing.

The Dongo Kundu Bypass, also known as the Southern Bypass, was proposed 30 years ago as a means to decongest Mombasa by providing an alternative to the Likoni ferry through linking the mainland with the south coast.

Following the laudable progress of the initial phase of the project, Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has now invited contractors to bid for the second and third phases of the development.

The second phase of the Dongo Kundu Bypass project consists of a 9-kilometre road between Mwache Junction and Mteza, while the third phase involves the construction of a 6.9-kilometre road from Mteza and Kibundan – connecting the highway to the Likoni-Lunga Lunga road.

“Bidders should deposit a security of an unconditional bank guarantee of Sh200 million for phase one of the project and Sh50 million for the third phase,” KeNHA said in a newspaper advert.

In November 2014, Kenya signed a Sh25 billion loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) to finance the construction of the Dongo Kundu Bypass.

The loan will be repaid in 30 years at an interest rate of 1.2 per cent, after a grace period of ten years.

Ultimately, the project 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.