Chinese firm to build Sh6.5bn Mombasa to Kwa Jomvu highway

The Mombasa-Kwa Jomvu section is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the government of Kenya.
The Mombasa-Kwa Jomvu section is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the government of Kenya. PHOTO/FILE
Third China Engineering Co. has won a Sh6.5 billion tender to upgrade the 10-kilometre Mombasa-Kwa Jomvu road in a bid to ease transportation of cargo from the port of Mombasa.

According to the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) director general Peter Mundinia, the Chinese firm will expand the current single-two road into a six-lane dual carriageway.

On completion in 30 months, the Mombasa-Kwa Jomvu dual carriageway will help ease the movement of cargo trucks from Mombasa to western Kenya.

“We will also provide non-motorised transport network and adjacent truck parking areas including service lanes to improve accessibility to surrounding business areas and port related activity centres such as Container Freight Stations,” Mr Mundinia said.

The Mombasa-Kwa Jomvu section is the first phase of a project that seeks to turn the 41-kilometre Mombasa-Mariakani road into a dual carriageway.

The road starts at the junction of Kenyatta Avenue and Digo Road in Mombasa CBD and runs to Makupa area connecting the Makupa Causeway into Changamwe at the Changamwe Roundabout. The road then runs through Changamwe, Mikindani junction, Kwa Jomvu, Miritini, Mazeras before terminating shortly after the Mariakani Weighbridge.

The project is funded by the African Development Bank and the government of Kenya.

Meanwhile, construction of phase one of the Dongo Kundu Bypass is 70 per cent complete with the government inviting bids for the second and third phases of the project.

The 11-kilometre project that starts from the Mombasa Port to Miritini is being undertaken by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation. The section is expected to be completed next year at a cost of Sh11 billion.

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The second phase of the project, which is expected to start in May next year, stretches 8.9 kilometres between Mwache Junction and Mteza while the third phase runs 6.9 kilometres between Mteza and Kibundani – linking the road with the Likoni-Lunga Lunga road.

“We expect that the bids will be out on August 23 after which we will do the evaluation and award the contract,” Mr Mundinia said, adding that the entire project will cost Sh39 billion.

Also referred to as the Southern Bypass, the 26-kilometre Dongo Kundu road linking the Mombasa-Nairobi highway with the Likoni-Lunga Lunga road is expected to provide an alternative to the Likoni ferry by linking the mainland with the south coast.