EASE CONGESTION

Southern Bypass completed for Sh9.6 billion

President Uhuru Kenyatta might commission it on Wednesday

In Summary

• Sh3.6 billion spent on construction; Sh4 billion spent on compensation.

• Ease congestion in Eldoret, especially by heavy lorries ferrying goods through the town to the Great Lakes region.

 

Vehicles using the Leseru inter-link on the Eldoret Southern bypass on June 25
SOUTHERN BYPASS: Vehicles using the Leseru inter-link on the Eldoret Southern bypass on June 25
Image: MATHEWS NDANYI

The Sh9.6 billion Eldoret Southern Bypass has been completed after five years and is set for commissioning.

Sh5.6 billion was spent on construction, Sh4 billion was spent to compensate about 1,000 families displaced by the bypass.

It has three overpass interlinks at Ngeria, Kapseret and at Leseru. The project was largely funded largely by the African Development Bank.

Government spokesman Cyrus Oguna and Uasin Gishu county commissioner Stephen Kihara toured the project and said the contractors were working on the final touches before commissioning.

“The road will ease congestion in Eldoret town and enable quick movement of goods and people through Eldoret," Oguna said.

President Kenyatta will visit Eldoret on Wednesday for a passing-out parade at Moi Barracks Recruits Training College. It is reported he may also commission the bypass at Leseru interlink.

More than 97 per cent of the bypass has been completed and most of the 1,000 displaced families have also been paid.

“Only a few families still have disputes pending in court and once the matters are settled the money will be paid out, " Kihara said.

All the money for the affected families has been paid to the National Land Commission.

Governor Jackson Mandago welcomed completion of the project.

“The project is a milestone for Eldoret as we have been experiencing serious congestion and traffic jams for many years, so business has been slowed," Mandago said.

Narrow Uganda Road is the main road in Eldoret and its width worsens the congestion because it's used by long-distance lorries moving goods from the Port of Mombasa to other countries in the Great Lakes region.

The new bypass will allow diversion of all long-distance trucks, reducing traffic jams in Eldoret by more than 70 per cent, planners said.

(Edited by V. Graham)

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