08-12-2017 by redazione
This has been mentioned for many years, but finally the construction of the Likoni road bridge, which will link the island town of Mombasa to the south coast, Diani and the border with Tanzania, has a certain date.
The works, costing 82 billion kenian shillings (about 700 million euros), are likely to start in April 2018.
The national newspaper The Star announces this, which confirmed that the Kenyan Government and the County of Mombasa yesterday morning began assessing the environmental and social impact of the bridge project.
The connection, about 1.4 km long, will connect the island where the second city of Kenya stands, with the mainland and the south coast, and this will solve the problem of traffic for years relegated only to the use of the ferry.
It is estimated that on average about 300,000 people and 6,000 vehicles cross the channel every day.
There are currently five ferries providing ferry services from one side of the southern Mombasa-Likoni Canal to the other side of the southern Mombasa-Likoni Canal, plus one passenger on the inland part of Mtongwe.
An additional ferry, coming from Turkey, was also planned in recent months, but judicial proceedings temporarily blocked its use.
According to the preliminary results of the feasibility study under way, the proposed bridge will begin at King' Orani prison (Jela Baridi) along the Lumumba Road, and then pass through the railway station on Moi Avenue, to Liwatoni and from there to the Likoni Canal.
The construction of the bridge over the Likoni Canal is complicated because the canal is run by large ships.
This means that the bridge must be very high and the elevated starting from far away on the mainland.
The highest point of the bridge, above the sea, will be 69 meters (almost the size of a 21-storey building), the total length of the road 3.5 km.
The bridge will be used by all vehicles except tuktuk and bicycles.
Scheduled completion time of the entire project, four years.
The road junction from Mombasa airport is finally ready and easy to reach: it connects to the main routes that lead to Nairobi, the railway station, Malindi and Diani on the south coast (and therefore towards the border with Tanzania).
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