Highways Authority floats tenders for Kisumu bypass

Construction workers install a bridge on Thika Road in Nairobi in 2010
Construction workers install a bridge on Thika Road in Nairobi in 2010. PHOTO/FILE
The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has called for bids for consultancy services for design review and construction supervision of the proposed Kisumu bypass.

In an advert published Thursday in the Daily Nation, KeNHA invited joint ventures and associations of companies to indicate interest in providing the services.

This marks the start of the process of construction of the much awaited bypass, which is aimed to ease traffic jams in the lakeside city.

“The government has received credit from the IDA to meet the cost of the proposed NUTRIP projects and intends to apply some of the proceeds towards eligible payments under contract for consultancy services for design review and construction supervision of Kisumu northern by-pass,” the advert read in part.


The roads authority expects bidders to deliver their bidding documents by January 18, 2012.

The 9 km Kisumu northern bypass, which is being constructed under the National Urban Transport Improvement Programme, starts at Mambo Leo Junction of Kisumu-Kakamega (A1) Highway and ends on an Intersection on Kisumu-Kisian (B1) Road.

KeNHA has also issued similar tenders for consultancy services for dualling of Airport South Road, construction of an access road to the proposed Barabara Plaza, construction of a road from JKIA to the Likoni Road junction and improvement of access roads to the inland container depot.

Other planned roads for which tenders for consultancy were issued include the section of the road between Likoni Road junction and James Gichuru Road junction and another one extending to Rironi.

Bidders are supposed to deliver their bidding documents by January 31.

Consultants for all the projects will be selected according to the World Bank guidelines published in January 2011.