ABN - Kenya has signed an agreement with US-based construction firm Bechtel International, who will begin work on a new highway between Nairobi and Mombasa in 2018.
When completed the 473km, four-lane highway will allow uninterrupted speeds of 120km per hour, thus reducing travel time between the East African nation’s premier cities from 10 hours to four hours.
Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) director general Peter Mundinia said: "The signing of this agreement is set to open the next steps of mobilising funds from the ECAs (Export Credit Agencies) for the construction of the express way.
“The express way is set to become a toll road and will provide a faster transit to support growth and industry.”
Mundinia added that the highway has scope for further expansion, which could potentially incorporate a total of six lanes and 19 interchanges.
The highway is the latest in a number of infrastructural transport developments in Kenya, after the recent unveiling of the Madaraka Express, a diesel train running on a Chinese-built railway linking Mombasa and Nairobi.