Construction design of Mombasa gate bridge in Kenya begins

The design for the construction of the Mombasa Gate Bridge in Kenya has been commenced by the government through the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.

Once complete, the new bridge will offer an alternative passage to the Likoni Ferry which normally caters for the Kenya Ferry Service that is currently the only available crossing between Mombasa Island and the South Coast.

Infrastructure Principal Secretary Eng. John Mosonik confirmed the reports and said that the Survey team has already started their work of which the first phase will be conducted until July this year while the second phase will be carried out up to February 2017.

“The design study commenced on 14th March, 2016 and the final report and designs will be ready by end of March 2017,” Mr. Mosonik said.

Provision of a permanent crossing will facilitate movement of goods and people between the Island and South Coast and beyond to Tanzania, reduce conflict between docking ships and ferries and decongest the Island by ensuring unlimited flow of traffic.

The financing for the eventual construction work will be known after the completion of the Survey.
“The channel between the Mombasa Island and the Southern Coast, will serve as the access to the port of Mombasa from the open sea.

In light of these traffic volumes and which is projected to grow it was necessary for the government to explore an alternative crossing at this location, so as to provide a more reliable and efficient crossing,” Mosonik noted.

The idea of building either a bridge across the channel has been there for many years now but its implementation has been put off due to various reasons mainly due to lack of funds.

The long awaited project will also enhance the capacity of the port of Mombasa by providing an alternative access as well as spur socio-economic development in the region especially the South Coast
The Kenyan government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are the ones financing the design of the bridge.

Centum plans to construct exclusive city in Kilifi County, Kenya

The construction of an exclusive city in Kilifi County at the Kenyan Coast is set to commence; this is according to NSE-listed investment company, Centum which is the company behind the mega project. The city will sit on a  9,500 acre piece of land.

Centum has already begun on preparations for the construction and through this advancement they will have extended their entry into the high-end real estate development.

Regulatory filings illustrate that the project which is dubbed the economic hub will be developed in phases. The first phase will see the construction of an infrastructure on 900 acres of the land and is expected to cost US$ 8m. The 900 acres has been divided and it includes residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, recreational, and public zones.

“The Master Plan development has been phased for over 30 years and it will be gradually implemented at an average rate of 900 acres in the first years and 200 acres per year starting with areas without sisal and later on land with old crop that will not be replaced,” says part of the regulatory filings.

Centum’s subsidiary, Athena Properties Ltd which is a construction firm, will carry out the infrastructure works for the state of the art development in Kilifi.

Centum, which is also behind the Two Rivers Mall is tipped to be Kenya’s biggest on completion, is building the city on land it bought last year from Rea Vipingo Holdings, a plantation firm that sold part of its land as it de-listed from the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE). The Two Rivers Mall which sits on 100 acres is set to be completed in the coming months. The NSE listed company is also developing Pearl Marina in Uganda, this is a project that consists of two hotels, office blocks and apartments set on 385 acres.

The investment company is also building a 1,000-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Lamu that will sit on 869 acres.

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