Government to construct sh.82 bn bridge in Mombasa

Commuters at the Likoni Ferry Channel.One Coronavirus case has been detected in Likoni's Senti Kumi estate PHOTO COURTESY

Mombasa, KENYA: The government of Kenya has rolled out a plan to build a bridge connecting Mombasa Island and Mainland to aid transport along the Likoni-Ferry Channel.

The project that will take about four years to be completed is valued at sh. 82 billion.

The team leader of the project Mr. Michael Mwangi on Thursday said that the project is sponsored by the government of Japan.

“We are constructing a very tall bridge in the Country from King’orani area in Mombasa and connect it to the projected Southern by-pass in Ziwani area Kwale County,” said Mr.Mwangi.

Mr. Mwangi said the bridge will be over 1.4 kilometers long and about 69.9 metres tall but it will not affect Ferry services both at Likoni and Mtongwe.

He noted that it was very difficult to construct a bridge along Likoni-Ferry channel since over one hundred ships cross every day.

People using Tuktuk and motorcycles as a mode of transport will also not be allowed to use the bridge because of its height.

The county government of Mombasa has supported the project saying it will help reduce congestion at the Likoni crossing channel.

Mombasa county Transport chief officer Albert Keno said that they will ensure people affected by the project are compensated accordingly.

Mr.Keno said over three hundred thousand people and six thousand motor vehicles use the Ferry service daily.