Chinese firm, China Railway 21st Bureau Group Company, has been awarded the lucrative contract to construct a dual carriage between Athi River and Machakos turn off on Mombasa road.

The work will start in month’s time and will cost Shs5.3 billion.

Contracts for the work were signed by the Chinese firm and the Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) in Nairobi.

Financing

The project is financed by the World Bank and the Kenya Government under the Kenya Transport Sector Support projects (KTSSP) and will take a period of 18 months to complete.The section covers some 20 kilometers.

It will facilitate smoother traffic flow between Machakos turnoff and Athi River and between Athi River and Northern Corridor from Mombasa to Nairobi.

Daystar University

The road will have three separated interchanges at Athi River town, Daystar University and Road Junction to Mua Hills.

There will also be an eight kilometer of service roads on either side of the main carriage at Athi River town.

Two new will be built across Athi River and Stony Athi River in addition to six pedestrian crossings along the project road.

In addition to improved drainage structures and safety features, the Chinese will also install street lighting.