The Kenya National Highways Authority has signed a deal of Sh62 billion between and South Africa based Company-Five Group Construction Proprietary Limited for the building of the Lamu-Garissa-Isiolo Road which is a constituent of the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor Project .
The Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure James Macharia said that the 530 km road will help expand 10 towns that are along the corridor as well as ease transport of cargo from the Lamu Port.
“We are realizing a key objective to essentially kick off the process of construction of the Lamu -Garissa- Isiolo Road and that it is no longer a pipe dream. Now we are beginning the execution of the development of that corridor, we are opening that corridor of northern Kenya fully that means the growth of this nation would be extremely improved,” he said.
According to Macharia, once the project is completed it will improve access and inter-connectivity between Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda.
The project is projected to begin next June and will be opened for operation after four years.
The operations and maintenance phase will run for a period of 25 years where Lamu Road Consortium (LRC) will operate the road while maintaining high performance standards equal to a motorway to boost throughput of transit vehicle and also lessen vehicle operating cost.
The road would start in the port city of Lamu and advance in a northwesterly direction through the town of Bura, Tana River County, and continue on to the town of Garissa.
At Garissa, the road would continue its northwesterly direction to Modo Gashe. Here it would take a southwesterly direction through Garba Tula, to end at Isiolo.
At Isiolo, the road will connect with the Isiolo-Lokichar Road, which is also planned.
The project is being funded by the Development Bank of South Africa and the repayment is expected to take a period of 13 years.