The long-awaited construction of the Dongo Kundu bypass will begin in January, the government has announced.
Transport and Infrastructure Principal Secretary John Musonik said the government had received a Sh25 billion loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency following an agreement in June 2012.
Already, two contractors have been short-listed and the winner will be announced in two weeks, the PS said.
“The project will be implemented in three packages. The first is Miritini to Kipevu Link Road, Mwache to Dongo Kundu, which includes construction of long span bridges over the creeks and Dongo Kundu to Kibundani to link with Likoni-Lunga Lunga road,” Mr Musonik said during a briefing at Flamingo Beach hotel on Saturday.
He said the first phase of the project would be completed in three years. The economic fortunes of Kwale County are set to improve as the bypass will connect it to Mombasa County.
The road will start from Kipevu where the terminal ends and join Mombasa-Nairobi highway at Bonje, Miritini, about 12 kilometres from Mombasa Town, where there will be an interchange.
“Construction of this phase is critical since currently there is serious congestion on the section especially between Jomvu and Bonje.
Motorists spend hours on a 10-kilometre stretch,” he said.
Mombasa port stakeholders have been complaining of congestion at the port, which has also made exiting a nightmare.
The said the airport road will be expanded into a dual carriageway and this week, the Treasury is expected to sign a financial agreement with TradeMark East Africa, which will fund the project.
The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeHNA) coast regional manager, Mr Kevin Nyabuto, said a flyover would be constructed at the junction to allow proper flow of traffic from both sides.