The 15-month project is set to begin in April and conclude in June 2016.

The 15-month project is set to begin in April and conclude in June 2016.

The UK has advanced a $5 million grant to TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) for the construction of access roads between the Moi International Airport and the Mombasa Port.

This is addition to the $50 million investment already made by the Department for International Development in TMEA’s Mombasa Port Improvement Programme. Money will be used to upgrade the Port Reitz/Airport road into a dual carriageway to ease movement of cargo and people to and from the sea and airports.

Expanding the 5.3km stretch between Port Reitz and Moi International Airport is part of efforts to scale up development works on the Northern transport corridor. TMEA said the upgrade is expected to take up to 30% of traffic from the Kipevu West container terminal, reducing port access time by opening up Gate 22. Port Reitz Road will reduce truck operating costs along the transport route.

The 15-month project is set to begin in April and conclude in June 2016. It includes widening of the existing access roads to seven metres on each side, improving traffic intersection and traffic lights installation.

It will also see the construction of two-metre wide sidewalks, and installation of drainage facilities, road signs and road markings.