Work on the proposed Sh.1.7 billion Likoni floating footbridge that will link Mombasa Island to the mainland south is expected to start soon.
Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) John Elungata said the first pedestrian footbridge to be built at the Likoni crossing channel is expected to end the perennial human congestion at the vital busy crossing channel.
He said it will ease pressure of the overcrowded Likoni ferries during the current Coronavirus pandemic.
He said the bridge will help reduce perennial congestion at the crossing channel and allow residents to access Mombasa Island and the mainland south with a lot of ease.
Elungata said the project will be undertaken by the State Department of Infrastructure through its implementing agency, the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).
He disclosed, the contractor, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) is already on site at the Liwatoni area of Mombasa where the floating bridge dubbed ‘Likoni Floating Pedestrian Bridge’ will start towards the mainland south.
The construction work has started and is expected to be complete by November this year.
[Coast regional Commissioner John Elungata. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
“Initially, construction site was supposed to be at the scenic Mama Ngina Park but was moved to the Liwatoni area in Mombasa Island where it will connect to the Likoni side at Raskovu near the Kenya Ferry Services headquarters,’’ he said.
He said the project will create the shortest route linking Mombasa Island and mainland south and onward to the neighbouring Kwale County thus reducing the link distance and cutting on time spent on queuing to board the ferries.
Elungata said the new floating bridge will be exclusively for pedestrians as an alternative to the ferries noting that enforcing social distancing at the vital crossing channel has been a nightmare for the authorities since the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
The floating bridge will be a composite structure designed for pedestrians only. The bridge deck will comprise a 529 m long floating section, and 54 m long approaches on either side of the floating span.