The construction of the Sh7.5 billion multinational Bagamoyo Horohoro-Malindi Road project is on course in Mombasa County.
Subsequently, the National Government Development County Implementation Coordination and Management Committee (NGD-CICMC) has inspected the road construction from Nyali Bridge to Mtwapa Bridge, which is at 3.5 per cent completion.
The works will involve the construction of four dual carriageways with service lanes, six grade-separated junctions, six footbridges, and non-motorised traffic facilities from Nyali Bridge to the start of Mtwapa Bridge.
A 12-kilometre trunk drainage will also be constructed, while the County Government of Mombasa will provide land for the expansion of the Kongowea market.
At the same time, 400 indigenous trees will be planted along the road corridor and roadside amenities set up on Shimo la Tewa prison land.
Additionally, more than 400 unemployed youths from Kilifi and Mombasa counties will be trained in local institutions.
Speaking during the inspection tour, Mombasa County Commissioner Abdirisack Jaldesa, who is also chairman of the local NGD-CICMC, said, “We have inspected this 13.5-kilometre road which starts at Nyali Bridge and ends at Mtwapa Bridge.
The ongoing construction work is progressing well. The contractor is burning the midnight oil to complete the road by November 2025.
The contractor has assured us that the road will be completed on time. There are some areas where facilities will be relocated to pave the way for construction. There will be seamless relocation of power, sewer, and water lines by all the concerned government agencies.”
Jaldesa said that discussions were also underway for land compensation through the National Land Commission (NLC), even as construction continues in areas with no underlying issues.
“The road will end congestion and open up Mombasa by linking the North and South Coasts. It’s a very important project,” he said.
The County Commissioner had earlier urged Heads of Departments to use the NGD-CICMC to resolve issues between their organisations so as not to impede the rollout of development projects through unnecessary court cases.
The departmental chiefs were also directed not to condone corruption in their areas of jurisdiction to enable the government to deliver on its campaign pledges, as espoused in the Bottom-up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA).
The County Commissioner further called for prudent use of resources to prevent waste and duplication.