Kenya to build roads at US$3b

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The government of Kenya has embarked on a project to build 10,000km roads across the country, in an effort to bring growth and development in the country. The roads will be built in the next five years through annuity concessions. The model will ensure that high volume roads are largely prioritized to enhance effectiveness.

The project will be carried out in three phases. The first phase under the annuity framework will commence on July at a cost of US$457m and will cover areas that have the most demand. In this phase, 2000km will be constructed, which is expected to be completed by 2014/15.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure Engineer Michael Kamau indicated that the second phase will see the construction of 5000km, while in the last phase, 3000km will be constructed. In theses phases, 80% of the roads will be small roads, while 20% constitutes highways.

In this model, the government has indicated that it will be paying on roads that have been completed as opposed to those that are being constructed. The contractors will also be required to oversee the maintenance of these roads for a period of three years. This aims at facilitating offering high quality services.