Construction of Port Reitz and Moi International Airport Access Road has enhanced access, efficiency, and reduced congestion, as well as operating costs and improved the turnaround time at Port of Mombasa.
Port Reitz Road provides access to the Moi International Airport and a link to the 2nd container terminal at the Port of Mombasa to the Northern Corridor.
The Government of Kenya and UK’s Department of International Development (DFID) through Trademark East Africa (TMEA) jointly financed the road project at a cost of Ksh. 5.2 Billion.
Traffic congestion at the area was identified as one of the key non-tariff trade barriers affecting businesses in the East Africa region, hence there was need to construct and expand the road.
Construction of the road entailed expansion of the road to a dual carriageway in order to improve the existing Port Reitz and Moi International Airport Access Roads covering 6.4km in length. Improvement of traffic movement at intersections, construction of grade separated junctions at Magongo/Airport Access Road Interchange and Airport
Access Road/Port Reitz Road Interchange, providing Mombasa County with its first two grade separated interchange traffic intersections. Additional works undertaken entailed installation of road drainage facilities and sidewalks along Port Reitz road and Moi Airport Access Roads.
The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) contracted China Wu Yi Co. Limited in JV with Howard Humphreys (EA) Limited and MultiScope Consulting Engineers Limited to undertaken the road works for a project period of twenty four (24) months.
Phase II and III is under procurement process and will be packaged as follows:
PHASE 2 – Entails Dualling of the Magongo Road
PHASE 3 – Entails improvement of Bomu Hospital and Changamwe Refinery Access Road
Once the Mombasa West Integrated Urban Roads Network Project is complete, it will reduce the cost of doing business and boost trade volumes, hence increasing the region’s overall trade competitiveness.
BY DAVID MAINA NDUNGU