New highway along the East African coastline gets financing

The coastal road between Malindi in Kenya and the northern Tanzanian town of Bagamoyo is due to be transformed into a major highway, going by reports received from the African Development Bank.Africa’s development finance bank has already set aside 289 million US Dollars and is presently seeking co-financing to the tune of a further 385 million US Dollars.

The highway, when complete, will connect the coastal strips of Kenya and Tanzania with much greater ease, in particular upgrading some of the road stretches in Tanzania from rough to bitumen standards for the first time. The 445 km Malindi-Bagamoyo highway begins from Malindi, a resort town in Kenya and moves through Mombasa and the Lunga Lunga border town on the Kenyan side before crossing into Tanga, Tanzania through Pangani and Saadani to Bagamoyo.Construction start is expected to be in late 2018 and completion is anticipated within three years.

The African Development Bank is also financing another major transboundary highway between Voi and Arusha, through the Taita Hills, Taveta and Holili. There the Kenyan section is reportedly now complete, offering excellent access to the Taita Hills Game Reserve but also to Tsavo West / Lake Jipe, the Lake Chala area, Grogan’s Castle, some of the First World War battlefields and other parts which were in the past hardly accessible due to very bad roads.

Source: ATC News