Perennial congestion at the busy Likoni crossing channel is set to end following the construction of a floating footbridge that will link Mombasa Island to the mainland south.
The construction work for the Sh1.7billion pedestrian bridge by the China Road and Bridges Corporation has commenced at the Liwatoni area, Mombasa Island.
The floating bridge will be a composite structure designed for pedestrians only.
According to Evans Momanyi, the Director of Sakawa Agencies Limited, a sub-contractor of the project, construction work for the causeway and a holding bay is set to be completed by the end of August.
“We have mobilized our workers and the necessary equipment to ensure the project is delivered on time,” said Momanyi.
The project which is set to be completed in November this year is being undertaken by the State Department of Infrastructure through its implementing agency, the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).
Speaking during the inspection tour of the project by the Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata, Momanyi said the floating suspension bridge will be connected by pins and hinges and guard rails will be installed on either side of the deck to ensure pedestrian safety.
Elungata said the first pedestrian footbridge to be built at the Likoni crossing channel is expected to end the perennial human congestion at a vital busy crossing channel.
He said the envisioned footbridge will complement the existing ferry services to streamline ‘safe passageways’ for pedestrians and reduce overcrowding that characterizes the busy channel.
[Coast RC John Elungata (Left) with Sakawa Agency Limited Director Evans Momanyi. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
He added that “the project will create the shortest route linking Mombasa Island and mainland south and onward to the neighboring Kwale County.
Elungata noted that the objective of the project is to ease the pressure off the overcrowded Likoni ferries during the current Coronavirus pandemic.
More than 300,000 people and 6,000 vehicles cross the busy channel daily using MV Jambo, MV Kwale, MV Likoni, MV Kilindini, MV Nyayo, and the newly acquired MV Safari.