Crucial South Sudan – Kenya Link road to Be Completed in 2020

A child runs across a road that is under construction on July 26, 2012 in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. AFP PHOTO/ CAMILLE LEPAGE / AFP PHOTO / CAMILLE LEPAGE

Lot 2 of the South Sudan Link road is now 40 percent complete, placing the project well on course of completion.

To date, 30 kilometers out of the total 80 km length has been earmarked and all the culverts completed.

It is anticipated that another 20 kilometers will be completed by December 2019. The other 30 will be completed by June 2020. The final touches should be completed early in the next financial year. The road is key to regional trade and cohesion measures being driven by the EAC Community.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir visited Kenya and President Uhuru Kenya recently and the two leaders discussed this project among other bilateral issues.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and His South Sudan Counterpart, H.E Salva Kiit at State House | PSCU

According to the project Manager Mr Peng Ding, the project that will open up trade with South Sudan is progressing according to plan.

So far, all stakeholder issues have been addressed, paving the way for the project completion. The contractor, Chongqing International Construction Corporation, has established working clusters within the project scope spearheaded by locals.

Consequently, specific job allocation slots for the locals have been set aside. The various and relevant County Government of Turkana offices have also been working closely with the Contractor.

The ongoing projects once completed will also assist in ensuring that security is improved. The ongoing works are being supervised by the Kenya National Highways Authority(KeNHA).