Makupa cause­way to be torn down, says KENHA

Project is funded by the African De­vel­op­ment Bank and the Kenyan Govern­ment

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY GITONGA MARETE gmarete@ke.na­tion­media.com

Ten­der for build­ing 10km road awarded to Chi­nese firm

The his­toric Makupa cause­way in Mom­basa will be de­mol­ished and a bridge built in its place, the Kenya Na­tional High­ways Author­ity said yes­ter­day.

The cause­way, which di­vides Tu­dor and Port Reitz creeks, was built in the 1920s but en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies now show that it has had a neg­a­tive im­pact on marine life.

Kibarani dump­site has made mat­ters worse as toxic waste, in­clud­ing heavy met­als, seep into the In­dian Ocean, re­sult­ing in dry­ing up of man­grove trees and death of fish and other marine life.

The struc­ture is one of three road links between the is­land and the main­land, the oth­ers be­ing Nyali bridge and Kipevu cause­way.

Construction of the bridge will be part of the ex­pan­sion of the Mom­basajomvu road into a dual car­riage­way and will cost Sh6.5 bil­lion, KENHA re­gional man­ager Jared Makori said.

“There have been en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns. The bridge will be a lit­tle longer than the 120-me­tre struc­ture,” Mr Makori said on the phone.

He added that while the bridge will also ac­com­mo­date the old rail­way line, KENHA was in talks with Kenya Rail­ways on how to in­clude the stan­dard gauge rail­way in the project.

The ten­der for construction of the 10 kilo­me­tre road from Mom­basa to Jomvu was awarded in June to Third China En­gi­neer­ing Com­pany and work is ex­pected to be over in 30 months.

The con­trac­tor is mo­bil­is­ing equip­ment to be­gin work, the KENHA of­fi­cial said.

Funded by the African De­vel­op­ment Bank and the govern­ment, the project is the first phase of the ex­pan­sion of the 41.6 kilo­me­tre Mom­basa-mari­akani road.

In a re­cent in­ter­view, KENHA Di­rec­tor-gen­eral Peter Mun­dinia said non-mo­torised trans­port net­work and truck park­ing ar­eas would also be built, as well as ser­vice lanes to im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity to sur­round­ing busi­ness cen­tres such as con­tainer freight sta­tions.

“The road, once com­plete, will fa­cil­i­tate easy ac­cess to the port of Mom­basa and fa­cil­i­tate freight trans­port orig­i­nat­ing from or des­tined for Nairobi and other in­land re­gional cities,” he said.

120m The length of Makupa cause­way. The pro­posed bridge will be longer than the cause­way The road, once com­plete, will fa­cil­i­tate easy ac­cess to the port of Mom­basa and fa­cil­i­tate freight trans­port orig­i­nat­ing from or des­tined for Nairobi,” Peter Mun­dinia

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