Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has confirmed that the construction of a major highway at Kenya’s Coast is set to begin later this year. The Garsen-Witu-Lamu road in Kenya is expected to boost business and economic growth in the area once complete.
KeNHA made an official announcement stating that the paving of the road will begin following the advertisement of the tender in the daily newspapers. The successful contractor will be expected to sign a fixed price contract with the road agency so as to ensure that detailed designs and construction works are being provided.
The Garsen-Witu-Lamu road will have an approximate total length of 250km and will be fully funded by the Government. The construction project will entail upgrading of the earth or gravel section to bitumen standard and renovation of the paved section.
This road currently serves as a gateway into Lamu County and connects from the existing road from Garsen through Witu and Hindi to the Mokowe Jetty, from where boat services access Lamu Island.
Once complete, the new road will play a big role in the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport project and Kenya’s realization of Vision 2030.
Also, the new project will easily open up the archipelago to tourism.
“We are optimistic over the move to tarmack the road as it will easily open up the archipelago to tourism,” said Lamu Palace Hotel General Manager Keziah Mumbi.
The development project is expected to be completed in August.
KeNHA is an autonomous road agency, responsible for the management, rehabilitation, development and maintenance of international trunk roads linking centres of international importance and crossing international boundaries or terminating at international ports (Class A road), national trunk roads linking internationally important centres (Class B roads), and primarily roads linking important centres to each other or two higher-classroads (Class C roads).