Road to connect Kenya and Ethiopia to be complete this May

Isiolo-Marsabit-Moyale-road
Section of Isiolo-Marsabit-Moyale-road

The Marsabit-Moyale road which is anticipated to link Kenya to Ethiopia, and which is part of the envisioned Lamu-Port-South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor project is on way to completion.

This was confirmed by an official from the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA). Construction of the 240 kilometres road through Turbi is funded by  European Union and the Kenyan government will help open business between Kenya and Ethiopia.

However, construction of the 86km Merille-Marsabit road, which is underway, is expected to be complete by mid-2016.

An engineer involved in construction has said that tarmac chips are being installed on the road in an attempt to make it more durable. The road was supposed to be done by October last year but contractor asked for more time due to rough terrain on the area.

The projected Isiolo-Merille-Marsabit-Moyale road is part of the US$ 11m Lamu-Port-South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor project. The entire road project is expected to cost US$517m and is being funded by Kenya Government, the African Development Bank and the European Union.

Several advantages will obviously be seen once the road construction project is complete. The trade between Ethiopia and other countries will increase as well as the revenue that will be generated from economic activities that are anticipated to begin.

Gulsan, a Turkish company is carrying out the construction.

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