The national government has spent Sh 144 billion to build 2,200 kilometers of roads in the Coast region to spur economic growth, create jobs and wealth to more than four million residents.
State Department of Infrastructure Principal Secretary Paul Maringa revealed that the roads built in Lamu, Tana River, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale and Taita Taveta counties have improved the road network and continue to attract local and foreign investments.
“We have to appreciate the amount of investment this government has committed in the six Coastal counties. We have completed, planning and ongoing road projects across this region,” he added.
Speaking during a media briefing by the National Development Implementation Technical Committee (NDITC) after an extensive inspection of multi-billion infrastructure projects in Mombasa County the PS further stated that of the Sh144 billion, Sh 25 billion trickled into the pockets of the local population, while an additional Sh 70 billion were used for the purchase of locally available construction materials.
The State House Chief Of Staff Nzioka Waita, who led the NDITC team further indicated that more than 3000 people have been directly employed since the inception of the mega infrastructure projects.
“The President is committed to ensuring there is equity in national development. That is why this team is here to inspect these projects. We have roads Garsen-Witu- Lamu road in Tana River and Lamu counties, Mavueni- Bamba- Mariakani Road in Kilifi, Roads in Kwale, Voi-Taita- Taveta road in Taita Taveta county,” he said.
He added: “The projects have been done by Kenyan professionals and the public can now see the amount of money President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government has utilised,”.
The group also inspected several mega infrastructural projects classified under Mombasa Port Area Road Development.
The roads projects include Sh11.5 billion Miritini- Mwache- Kipevu link road, which is 100% complete.
“This road is unique piece of infrastructure with provisions to the Mombasa Port, Moi International Airport, SGR Mombasa Terminus, the Nairobi – Mombasa Highway, the upcoming Northern Bypass, as well as Mwache to Dongo Kundu and Dongo Kundu to Kibundani,” added Maringa.
“The new road will consist of a dual carriageway starting from the Mwache interchange and the New Container terminal at Kipevu, Mombasa Port. The road runs in a southerly direction from the Mwache interchange crossing the Mwache Creek and going through Tsunza before turning eastwards across the Mteza Creek. The total length of the package 2 project road measures 8.96km,” he added.
The team stated that they were impressed with the progress of the projects and called on the contractors to accelerate the remaining work to ensure they are completed within the stipulated time frame.
[PS’s inspecting the construction of Kibarani bridge along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
The new Mombasa Southern bypass road is aimed at allowing efficient and quick access into and out of the Mombasa port city by avoiding the Mombasa CBD traffic.
He acknowledged that mega infrastructure projects under Mombasa Port Area Road Development are game-changer to the North and South Coast counties.
He indicated that besides development of new trading centers along the corridor, the projects will also revitalise tourism in South Coast, where visitors are expected to spend less than 25 minutes between Diani and Moi International Airport and Mombasa SGR terminus.