President Uhuru Kenyatta has lauded the Kenya National Highways Authority for the progress of the Kenol- Sagana -Marua highway expansion project. – By Gerald Gekara.

Stopping by on his way to the Dedan Kimathi University, President Uhuru was taken through the construction milestones at the 84-km long highway.

He was accompanied by the KeNHA Director General Peter Mundinia alongside Transport and Infrustructure CS Eng. James Macharia.

In an update, CS Macharia said the turn key project will boost linkages between northern and southern Kenya, and boost economic activity between these regions.

The Kenol – Sagana – Marua road, will connect the Nothern Corridor (Mombasa – Malaba) and the LAPSSET Corridor (Lamu – Isiolo – Ethiopia/South Sudan) adding to missing links between Tanzania and Ethiopia.

The new road, which is part of the Trans-Africa Highway (Cairo – Cape Town) will ease traffic jams along this key transport artery.

Proposed interchange at Marua

The first phase of the project will entail the construction of the 36km stretch from Sagana to Marua at a cost of Sh6 billion while the second phase involves the construction of the 48km Kenol to Sagana stretch at a cost of Sh8 billion.

The 84km Kenol-Sagana-Marua dual carriageway will be ready for use by December 2021.