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New road lauched from Mombasa to the South Coast
The Kenyan government launched the decades-old project of a bypass from Mombasa to the south coast, when the contractors were handed the site and put in a position to mobilize manpower and equipment to begin construction of the first of three sections.
The south coast, until now, depended on the bottleneck of the Likoni ferry crossing, or else a miserable rough track purporting to be a road, which branches off the main Nairobi to Mombasa highway to reach Kwale before joining the Mombasa to Lunga Lunga road.
The construction due to formally launch in the space of a few weeks, will cover the stretch from Miritini to Kipevu, some 10 kilometres of new road from the existing highway to the port boundary.
The second portion of the new bypass will then link the Moi International Airport to the new route and involve several bridges where the new road will cross over creeks and wetlands to Dongo Kundu, from which the project drew its name. Once complete, the third and final section will go under construction to the village of Kibundani where the new bypass will then join the main road to Ukunda – the turn off to the award-winning Diani beaches – and on to the Tanzanian border at Lunga Lunga.