The government on Wednesday signed a $20 million grant, equivalent to kshs. 1.8 billion, with Trade Mark East Africa, to finance the construction of access roads in Changamwe area, the main gateway to Mombasa from the hinterland.
The project will be implemented by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), National Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich, said, and will involve the design and construction of Portreitz-Moi International Airport access road.
“The scope of work will include access roads of about 6.4 kms which will be improved to dual carriage way of four lanes,” Rotich, said during the signing at the Moi International Airport (MIA) in Mombasa.
The project is divided in to two sections, Rotich said, the Magongo road section improvement which will start from the Changamwe round about to the MIA round about, and the Portreitz road improvement section starting from the airport junction access road to the Portreitz hospital gate.
“When completed it will ease traffic congestion to and from the airport and will go a long way in enhancing trade in the country and the entire East African region,” said Rotich.
The financing agreement will see Trade Mark East Africa contribute $20 million to the project, while government will provide $10 million through KeNHA for the additional costs.
The Portreitz road is among many projects that Trade Mark East Africa is spearheading through the British government support to enhance trade environment in the region.