65,000 pedestrians use Likoni Floating Bridge, says KeNHA

65,000 pedestrians use Likoni Floating Bridge, says KeNHA

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Pedestrians crossing the Likoni floating bridge.

Kenya National Highway Authority has said that over 65,000 pedestrians use Likoni Floating Bride daily, opened to the public in January.

Data released by KeNHA on Thursday showed that the number of pedestrians using the bridge has increased from 4,000 people a day in its first week of operation.

“This is a marked increase in usage from 4,000 people a day in its first week of operation, the bridge has offered a relief to pedestrians crossing from the Island of Mombasa to Likoni and vice versa,” read KeNHA press release.

The increase in the number of pedestrians using the bridge has been achieved by creating awareness to the public.

KeNHA has also said that the numbers are anticipated to grow with time.

“Keeping in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines on Covid 19 prevention, the bridge is an alternative option to the existing ferry services, and allows pedestrians to avoid crowding as they cross the Likoni Channel,” read the press release.

Ferry users have been forced to use the Likoni Floating Bridge during peak hours as a way of decongesting the Likoni ferry crossing channel.

It is estimated that about 300,000 pedestrians and 6,000 vehicles cross the channel daily, causing immense congestion during peak demand hours.

The sh1.7 billion, 800 metres long bridge was opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta, and members of the public allowed to use it from 1st January 14, 2021.

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