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Construction Initiated On The Garsen-Witu-Lamu Road

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyata has officially launched construction on the long-awaited Garsen-Witu-Lamu road, signalling major progress for the Port of Luma project.

The road construction is being financed by the national government and will transform the current earth and gravel thoroughfare to a standard bitumen road, including the reconstruction of the paved section, which runs from Gamba to the Minjilla area.

The road serves as the main access route into Lamu County, as it connects the existing bitumen road from Garsen through Witu and Hindi to the Mokowe Jetty, from where boat services access Lamu Island. The project is valued at approximately Kshs10.8 billion ($US1.05 billion) and is being carried out by road construction company H-Young. According to the Kenyan National Highways Authority (KenHa), the road should be complete and open to traffic by 2020.

The building of the Garsen-Witu-Lamu road forms an integral part of the Kenyan government’s “Vision 2030” development plan, which includes the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPPSET) project. LAPPSET aims to see the development of a new transport corridor linking the Port of Lamu on Kenya’s Northern coast with Garissa, Isiolo, Maralal, Lodwar and Lokichogio, branching at Isiolo to Moyale at the border with Ethiopia and proceeding to the border with Southern Sudan by means of both road and railway infrastructure.

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