Big infrastructure projects that will change the face of Kenya
Kenya, under the chairmanship of Uhuru Kenyatta, has invested heavily in infrastructure development, particularly in the transport sector.
These investments have seen the country borrow heavily from external partners to ensure that the projects are successful and that Kenyans end up enjoying the fruits of the taxes they pay.
Although they feel they are being heavily taxed to repay some of these loans, it remains a reality that Kenyans will eventually benefit from the speed that these projects make available when completed.
Other projects are purely built on terms of public-private partnership. The projects are expected to be completed by at least June 2022.
Some of these projects include;
The Nairobi Motorway Project is a 27.1 km road project that runs from Mlolongo through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and the Nairobi CBD to Westlands along Waiyaki Way.
The Nairobi highway will have a four- and six-lane dual carriageway in the existing median of Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway and Waiyaki Way as well as 10 interchanges.
The section between the east and south bypass will be a six-lane carriageway while the section from the eastern and south bypass to James Gichuru will be a four-lane carriageway.
The highway will cut the journey time from Rironi to JKIA from three hours to just 20 minutes, meaning traffic will be a thing of the past.
It is the first highway built in East and Central Africa and the second largest toll road in Africa after the Dakar toll highway.
Rironi-Nakuru-Mau Summit Route
This is another infrastructure project that is expected to change the face of the country by reducing traffic along the Rironi-Nakuru-Mau Summit route.
Through a 160 billion shillings public-private partnership, a 175 km road through Kiambu and Nakuru counties is slated for a massive upgrade to a four-lane highway.
The project will also include the construction of a four-kilometer elevated highway through the town of Nakuru.
The highway directly serves an estimated population of six million and 19 million people living in Nakuru County and beyond.
Construction of the road begins next year.
The 85.5 km road is currently under construction and is being upgraded to a two-lane, four-lane road.
The upgrade will help ease road traffic as well as the cost of transporting agricultural products.
It is also expected to reduce road accidents which are mainly attributed to oncoming traffic.
Lapsset Corridor Program
The Lapsset Corridor Program is part of the Kenya Vision 2030 strategy, which is the national long-term development policy that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrialized middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all of its citizens. by 2030 in a clean environment. and secure environment.
Lapsset is East Africa’s largest and most ambitious infrastructure project bringing together Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan.
The project consists of seven key infrastructure projects, starting with a new port with 32 berths in Lamu (Kenya); Interregional highways from Lamu to Isiolo, Isiolo to Juba (South Sudan), Isiolo to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and Lamu to Garsen (Kenya), pipeline from Lamu to Isiolo, Isiolo to Juba; Product pipeline from Lamu to Isiolo, from Isiolo to Addis Ababa; Standard gauge interregional rail lines from Lamu to Isiolo, Isiolo to Juba, Isiolo to Addis Ababa and Nairobi to Isiolo; 3 international airports: one at Lamu, Isiolo and Lake Turkana; 3 resort towns: one each at Lamu, Isiolo and Lake Turkana; and the High Grand Falls Multi-Purpose Dam along the Tana River.
Standard gauge railway
The standard gauge railway was designed as a flagship project under the Kenya Vision 2030 development program. It is proposed to link Mombasa to Malaba on the border of Kenya and Uganda.
The 969 km standard gauge railway from Mombasa to Malaba is to be built at a cost of $ 9.9 billion. The first phase of the 472 km project from Mombasa to Nairobi and phase 2A have both been completed. Phase 2A goes from Nairobi to Naivasha and covers a distance of 120 km.
There are other infrastructure developments, including dams, which will help provide water to Kenyans for domestic and irrigation purposes. It will help a lot in terms of food production and achieving a food secure nation.
Konza tech city
This is another of Vision 2030’s flagship projects that are under construction.
The smart city project is is expected to generate around 17,000 direct high value-added jobs and an additional 68,000 indirect jobs when completed.
Dubbed African Silicon Savanna, the project targets business process outsourcing, software development, data centers, disaster recovery centers, call centers, light manufacturing industries and research institutes.
Its construction should cost around $ 14.5 billion.
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