Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen says the government will dual the Nairobi-Eldoret-Malaba road to improve efficiency in the transportation of goods to the capital and cut the number of accidents.
Mr Murkomen said the road, which will be the most expensive to have been constructed in Kenya, is one of the key motorways in the country but it has witnessed a high number of accidents and huge traffic that has made it costly to road users.
The CS said the road is one of the most preferred means in the transportation of goods to Nairobi but it has become costly because of delays caused by traffic snarl-ups following an increase in the number of vehicles.
“We are working hard in the road sector to make sure that we dual the road not just from Nairobi to Mau Summit but from Nairobi to Eldoret,” said Mr Murkomen.
He said the road would then be extended to the Malaba border from Eldoret, which will make it one of the longest dual carriage highways in the region.
The CS said they are at the moment talking to investors who will take up the role once everything has been finalised and agreed upon.
The Kenyan government in June announced it had put on hold the construction of the Nairobi- Mau Summit highway on the back of expensive cost as it sought to review the money that had earlier been quoted by the contractor under the previous regime.
The French consortium comprising Vinci Highways SAS, Meridian Infrastructure Africa Fund, and Vinci Concessions SAS had won the tender for the construction of this toll road, which they would manage for 30 years in order to recover their investment.
The government is now negotiating with the contractors and financiers of the project, which include the World Bank and the African Development Fund.
The dualling of this road was started by former President Uhuru Kenyatta, and the construction works were to begin in September 2021.