The construction works of the 740 kilometers Isiolo-Wajir-Mandera highway in Kenya is set to begin in January next year (2022) according to the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), an autonomous road agency, responsible for the management, development, rehabilitation, and maintenance of Class A, B and C roads.
Class A roads are international trunk roads linking centers of international importance and crossing international boundaries or terminating at international ports while Class B roads are national trunk roads linking internationally important centers. lass C roads are primary roads linking provincially important centers to each other or two higher-class roads.
The revelation was particularly made by KeNHA’s Project Coordinator Paul Omondi while addressing the residents of the northern parts of Kenya during the stakeholders’ validation workshop held recently at the Garissa government guesthouse.
The Isiolo-Wajir-Mandera Highway Construction Project has been divided into six segments according to KeNHA for easier construction management and financial backing. Already, funding for the first segments (Isiolo-Kulamawe, and Kulamawe-Modogashe) that have a total distance of 190km has been secured, and contracts for the roads are expected in three weeks.
Preparations for the other sections are ongoing to ensure that the entire Isiolo-Mandera road is completed in the next five to six years.
The completion of this project will lead to fast travel and movement of goods, improved cross-border trading with Ethiopia, Sudan, and Somalia, and more importantly, improve security in the region.
Isiolo-Wajir-Mandera Highway Project implementation team
The US$ 896.05m project is being implemented by KeNHA in partnership with the State Department of Infrastructure (SDoI), ICT Authority (ICTA), National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), and State Department of Transport (SDoT).
It is financed by the World Bank in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfBD), and a consortium of five Arab banks as part of the Horn of Africa Gateway Development Project.