Mombasa – Kigali superhighway being planned

03 July 2014

Plans are being made by the East African states for construction of a 1,600-km six-lane superhighway that will connect Mombasa and Kigali.

The project is aimed at reducing pressure on the Northern corridor, in anticipation of transit cargo increasing to 44 million tons from the 22.9 million tons currently passing through the port of Mombasa.

Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) has promised to support governments in the region in the construction of the road. They have indicated that the new highway should be equipped with modern technology like high-speed weigh-in-motion systems and speed cameras. The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) says they will work with road agencies from neighboring Uganda and Rwanda for the construction of the roads over 3-10 years.

The KeNHA DG Meshack Kidenda said they are already working on the most congested segments of the road. Kenya’s government has already invested in a Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) as Kenya is to shift 35% of cargo to rail by 2018.

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