DONGO KUNDU BY PASS CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN NEXT MONTH
Construction of phase two of the Dongo Kundu bypass in Mombasa has been pushed back to October after the Attorney General’s office failed to clear the project on time.
“The project was to start in August but there was a little delay in getting clearance. Nowadays, the AG’s office clears all contracts of that magnitude, a senior official at the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) told reporters on Saturday.
The official who sought anonymity said: “If the clearance is done this week, it means that we shall be able to sign it this month and then the project will kick off next month.”
The project, expected to cost Sh25 billion, will involve construction of an interchange at the Likoni-Lunga Lunga highway and installation of two bridges: one at Mwache – spanning 900 metres, and a second one at Mteza straddling 1.4km.
The launch of Dongo Kundu Bypass Phase 2 follows the recent completionand official opening of phase one of the project.
Construction of the segment commenced in July 2016 and was completed in June at a cost of Sh11 billion. China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation undertook the project.
In November 2014, Kenya signed a Sh25 billion-loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to finance the construction of the Dongo Kundu Bypass.
The Kenyan government will pay back the debt in 30 years at an interest rate of 1.2 per cent, after a grace period of ten years.
The Dongo Kundu Bypass, also known as the Mombasa Southern Bypass, is seen as the solution to the recurrent congestion problem at Likoni Ferry, which is blamed for the slow pace of development at the south coast region.