Its a sigh of relief for coastal residents as the government kick-starts the construction of the Ksh 1.7 billion Likoni floating footbridge.
Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata said the footbridge will link Mombasa island and main land in Likoni.
The bridge deck will comprise a 529 m long floating section, and 54 m long approaches on either side of the floating span.
It is the first pedestrian footbridge of its kind to be built at the Likoni crossing channel in bid to end congestion at the channel.
He said the contractor, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) is on site at the Liwatoni area of Mombasa where the floating bridge dubbed ‘Likoni Floating Pedestrian Bridge’ will start towards the mainland south.
He said the construction work is expected to be complete by November this year.
The project will create the shortest route linking Mombasa Island and mainland south and onward to the neighbouring Kwale County thus reducing the distance.
He said the bridge willl be for exclusive use of pedestrians as an alternative to the ferries as enforcing social distancing at the channel has been a problematic especially during the COVID 19 pandemic .
“The floating bridge provides an alternative to the ferries and will in the long run enhance trade and integration.”Elungata said.