The ground-breaking ceremony of the Dongo Kundu bypass which links Miritini to the Mombasa port will be done soon and construction works to commence thereafter; this is according to the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).
“Mobilisation of equipment is now complete and soon the contractor will commence the Dongo Kundu bypass project,” said Charles Njogu, in-charge of communications at KeNHA.
The Dongo Kundu bypass project which is anticipated to enhance and ease the movement of cargoes from the port of Mombasa to neighbouring countries will take 36 months to complete.
The construction will be divided into three phases, the first being the construction of a 10km stretch from Miritini to Kipevu, linking the port with the Mombasa-Nairobi highway. The second section will cover Mwache to Dongo Kundu, which includes building of long-span bridges, and the third section will be from Dongo Kundu to Kibundani to join Likoni-Lunga Lunga road.
Dongo Kundu bypass project is projected to cost a whopping US$ 40m. It measures about 17.5 km from Miritini at the mainland to Ng’ombeni to the south mainland. The bypass will consist of four bridges through swampy land and ocean.
It will provide the necessary infrastructure to develop the Mombasa free trade zone similar to the one in Dubai. It will run two kilometers west of Moi International Airport in Mombasa and connect the Likoni-Diani and the Mombasa-Nairobi highways.