By The COAST Reporter
Commuters and motorists plying along Mombasa Island and Changamwe will be relieved of the perennial traffic hiccups in June, this year, when the ongoing construction of the Makupa Bridge is expected to complete.
The construction of 457-metre bridge started in April 2021 and is costing Ksh 4.5 billion.
It will link Mombasa Island to the Mainland and is great improvement of the current Makupa causeway built in 1929.
The China Communications and Construction Company Limited is the contractor of the bridge which is being funded by the national government.
Mombasa County Development Implementation Coordination Committee (MCDICC) is set to inspect the bridge on March 3, 2022 to monitor its schedule.
The Committee Chairman who is also the Mombasa County Commissioner Lukas Mwanza said the bridge is among several multi-billion infrastructural and other project being undertaken by the national government in the coastal city.
According to Mwanza, the bridge will significantly improve infrastructure along the Mombasa-Nairobi trunk road and movement of cargo from the port of Mombasa.
The bridge comprises two four-lane parallel bridges with width of 20 metres each, and an extra two-metre rail for non-motorised traffic and a pedestrian footpath.
“The national government has committed huge resources for key infrastructural and other projects to spur development in the coastal city and the coastal region at large,” said Mwanza.
He said the infrastructural improvement and other critical projects have positioned the county as an attractive destination for investment, trade and tourism.
Besides Makupa Bridge, other recent mega projects in Mombasa include Mombasa-Kwa Jomvu road and Dongo Kundu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) that will cost sh 39.1 billion.
Other projects include Mombasa-Miritini Road, Airport and Port Reitz roads which have been expanded into dual carriageways at a cost of Sh23 billion.