, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13 – China Wu Yi Company has been awarded the contract for reconstruction and capacity enhancement of James Gichuru Junction Road to Rironi, a section of the A8 Highway.
The Kenya National Highway Authority says the contract entails reconstruction of the 25 kilometres section at a cost of Sh16.4 billion aimed at easing traffic flow into and out of the Kenyan capital.
The plan is to reconstruct the 25km of the dual carriage highway with three lanes of each carriageway, expanding the highway to six lanes.
The World Bank in conjunction with the Government under the National Urban Transport Improvement Project will finance the project.
“The project is one of the three major projects earmarked to decongest the city along the Northern Corridor alignment,” said KeNHA Director General Peter Mundinia.
Mundinia says the project is expected to be completed in 36 months once it starts, following the resettlement action plan for the affected persons that will be effected in the next one year.
Among the major works to be undertaken include the construction of 44km service roads that are six metres wide, construction of 13 bridges and interchange locations, street lighting provisions among others.
“The other components which will be implemented in due course are capacity enhancement and reconstruction of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Likoni Road Junction and capacity enhancement and reconstruction of Likoni Road Junction to James Gichuru Road Junction,” he added.
KeNHA last month signed a contract with China Roads and Bridges Corporation to carry out feasibility studies and designs for the construction of the Nairobi Western Bypass.
The construction is expected to cost Sh17.3 billion and will be funded through a concessionary loan from the Government of China.