Afdb-funded Thika is mas­ter­piece for East Africa

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The 50-km Nairobi-Thika su­per­high­way, de­scribed by Kenya's Pres­i­dent Mwai Kibaki as a source of "na­tional pride" dur­ing its launch on Novem­ber 9, cov­ers an area that lies within the Nairobi Metropoli­tan and Cen­tral Prov­ince, in­clud­ing large sec­tions of the City and Thika dis­trict. The road tra­verses Kasarani, Githu­rai, Ruiru, Juja and ends at Thika River Bridge in Thika dis­trict. The to­tal pop­u­la­tion liv­ing along the road is ap­prox­i­mately 1 mil­lion.

The African De­vel­op­ment Bank (AfDB) has con­trib­uted the largest share of the US $360 mil­lion to­tal cost.

Works on the pre­vi­ous high­ways have in­volved con­struc­tion of ad­di­tional lanes and the re­moval of round­abouts at sev­eral lo­ca­tions re­placed by in­ter­changes.

The con­struc­tion be­tween down­town Nairobi and Keny­atta Univer­sity have been fi­nanced by the AfDB and the Kenyan Gov­ern­ment to the tune of US $260 mil­lion. The AfDB fi­nanced the project with a pack­age of US $180 mil­lion through its con­ces­sional win­dow, the African De­vel­op­ment Fund, in­clud­ing a loan of US $175 mil­lion (civil works and re­lated con­sul­tancy ser­vices) and a grant worth US $5 mil­lion (fea­si­bil­ity study and de­tailed de­sign of a mass rapid-tran­sit sys­tem for the Nairobi Metropoli­tan area). The Kenyan Gov­ern­ment con­trib­uted US $80 mil­lion to­wards the road project.

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