In 2020, Kenya was ranked the seventh-best country in Africa with the best quality of roads. Transport CS James Macharia said the Nairobi Expressway would be complete in 2022.
On Friday, October 8, Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the Jubilee administration under President Uhuru Kenyatta had constructed over 10,000 kilometres of roads since 2013.
“I am glad to say that today October 8, 2021, already we are on 10,500 km, and we still got 11 months to go before the completion of the term of the president.
We are delighted that the promise made to Kenyans in 2012 has been met. The roads you see are all over the country,” Macharia told Nation.
Here is the lists of some of the most expensive Kenyan roads and their construction costs.
- Nairobi-Mau Summit Toll Highway – KSh 160 billion – 233 km
The construction of the Nairobi-Mau Summit Toll Highway is expected to begin in September 2021, according to Transport CS James Macharia. The 233 km road would be constructed by a French consortium including Vinci Highways SAS, Meridian Infrastructure Africa Fund, and Vinci Concessions SAS. The road would be expanded to a dual carriage hoping it would reduce traffic on the northern corridor.
2. Nairobi Expressway – KSh 78.2 billion – 27.1 km
A Number report in 2017 revealed that Nairobi was one of the cities with the worst traffic jams in the world, only second to India’s Kolkata and the top worst in Africa.
The survey stated Nairobians spend an average of 62.44 minutes on the roads for the shortest distances. In a bid to reduce traffic, the government, through a public-private partnership, is constructing the Nairobi Expressway, which runs from Mlolongo Township to the James Gichuru inter-change on Waiyaki Way.
As of July 2021, the 27.1 km road was 60% complete.
It is expected to be operational from June 2022. Its initial cost was estimated at KSh 65.2 billion. However, fresh details from the toll-highway operator (China Communications Construction Company) indicate it would cost KSh 78.2 billion due to escalation costs.
3. South Sudan Link Road – KSh 37 billion The South Sudan Link Road, which connects
Kitale and Lokichogio, is undertaken by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) at KSh 37 billion. It is expected to enhance cross-border trade between Kenya and South Sudan.
Its completion is scheduled for December 2021.
4. Thika Superhighway – KSh 32 billion – 50 km
The 50 km Thika Superhighway construction was completed in 2012 under Kenya’s third president Mwai Kibaki. It was funded by the African Development Bank ($180 million), the Exim Bank of China (US$100 million), and the government of Kenya ($80 million).
Its contractors were China Wu Yi Company, Sinohydro Corporation, and Sheng Li Engineering Construction. It is an eight-lane highway that links Nairobi to Thika and was built to reduce the congestion that was rampant at the time.
5. Lamu-Ijara-Garissa Road – KSh 27.2 billion
Kenyan taxpayers would part with KSh 60 million per kilometre to lay murram on the Lamu-Ijara-Garissa section to an all-weather road. The road would be undertaken by the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and Territorial Works Ltd.
The total length of the road would be 453 km. These include Lamu- Garissa – Ijara (257km), Hindi-Bodhei-Basuba-Kiunga (113km) and the Ijara-Sangailu-Hulugho (83 km).
Other expensive Kenyan roads
6. Dongo Kundu bypass -KSh 28 billion – KSh 17.7 km
7. Kibwezi-Kitui–Migwani Road – KSh 18.4 billion – 192 km
8. James Gichuru – Rironi – KSh 17.5 billion – 25 km
9. Western Bypass – Ksh17.3 billion – 16.7 km
10. Kenol- Marua KSh 14 billion Concerns over high cost of road constructions Kenyan lawmakers had raised concerns over the high cost of the road, Daily Nation reported.