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Government to spend Sh.28 billion for road projects in coast region

The  Kenya  National  Highways  Authority (KeNHA) is expending Sh.28 billion on road construction and upgrade in the coastal counties of  Mombasa, Lamu and Tana River.

The  KeNHA  Coast  Regional  Director, Eng. Jared  Makori  said among the roads under construction are Lamu-Garsen, Mombasa Southern  By-pass, Magongo in Mombasa and Lamu Port access roads.

Makori  noted  that expansion of road network in Mombasa and other coastal counties would greatly boost business and other economic activities in the region and the whole country in general.

The  KeNHA  official  said  this when he presented a report on the status of road projects in the area during the Regional Development Implementation  Committee Meeting at Uhuru na Kazi Building Chaired by the Coast Regional Commissioner (RC), John  Elung’ata on Friday.

‘The ongoing construction and upgrade of infrastructure projects worth billions of shillings in Mombasa and other coast counties is aimed at facilitating transportation of goods and passengers and boost the economy of the region,” said Makori.

Elung’ata  said  the  government is investing hugely on construction of the new roads and upgrading of the existing ones to improve road connectivity as well as improve socio-economic activities in the coastal region.

”Massive  investment by the national government on the improvement of urban road network in the region would significantly boost investment and the tourism sector in the area,” said the RC.

He  added  that the construction and expansion of  Magongo- Miritini, Airport and Port Reitz roads which have been expanded into dual carriageways  at a cost of Sh.23 billion is expected to ease traffic from and to Moi International Airport and also improve movement of cargo  from the port.

The  Dongo-Kundu Bypass  which  connect Mombasa to the South Coast and funded through a loan of Sh.25 billion from the Japan International  Agency (JICA) is another mega project implemented by the government in Coast region.

The  improvement of road network is expected to have positive economic impact of the tourist resort city that has for long been grappling with  dilapidated road networks, poor drainage system and lack of proper solid waste management system.

Tourist  stakeholders and transporters interviewed  by KNA commended the government for the expansion and improvement of the road network saying this was a boon for the town that will improve economic fortunes of the area.

They  are of the opinion that the availability of the good road network and the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line will make the county an ideal place for investment and tourism.

”Construction  and upgrading of roads will go a long way in the achievement of Big Four Agenda and also greatly boost business and other  economic activities in the whole of East Africa region,” said Mostafa Mohamed, an investor in transport and logistics.

Mohamed also said the road improvement and expansion will drastically reduce traffic jams that has become common in the area.

By  Mohamed  Hassan

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