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Old January 15th, 2011, 10:03 PM   #1
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Dongo Kundu Bypass | Mombasa | Approved

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Provincial Key Coast bypass gets green light




By MAZERA NDURYA mndurya@ke.nationmedia.comPosted Sunday, September 12 2010 at 22:00

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* 18-km road will connect Mombasa with South Coast to ease congestion on the Likoni channel

Construction of the Dongo Kundu bypass that will connect Mombasa and the South Coast to ease pressure on the Likoni channel has been approved.

Roads ministry Permanent Secretary Michael Kamau on Sunday said that bids for the construction of the multi-billion shilling bypass would be invited anytime now after Transport minister Amos Kimunya gave the clearance.

Speaking at the Serena Hotel in Mombasa at a conference for chairpersons of State-owned enterprises, the PS said the much-awaited project had been delayed by differences among government agencies over the route the 18km road would take.

The road is also expected to create special economic zones in Changamwe and the South Coast.

Mr Kamau said relying on ferry transport on the Likoni channel to connect Mombasa island and the South Coast mainland was no longer feasible.

“Even if we used 10 ferries at the channel, the problem will not go away because no more than two ferries can dock at the same time.
“Increased economic activity and population growth demand an uninterrupted flow of traffic and goods and this can only be made possible by the Dongo Kundu bypass,” he said.

Marine experts and other players have for a long time said a bypass at Dongo Kundu and the Likoni-Ukunda road near Ngombeni would provide a lasting solution to the erratic ferry services.

Captain John Odhach, a marine expert, said increasing the number of ferries in the Likoni channel would not solve the problem because their operations were regulated by marine laws.

“When the ferry service was introduced, Kenya had a population of approximately nine million. Now there are close to 40 million people, but the channel has not been expanded,” he said.

Capt Odhach said maritime regulations stipulated that only three ferries can operate in the channel at any one time due to turbulence caused by the vessels’ propellers.

“Even if the ramps were to be expanded, three ferries cannot dock at the same time for fear of accidents,” said Capt Odhach.
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Old January 16th, 2011, 09:53 AM   #2
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nice,finally!
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Old January 16th, 2011, 05:47 PM   #3
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These are the kind of projects that this country is in dire need for, especially for the good of tourism. Hopefully there will be no further differences among further agencies that will delay its construction!
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Old July 15th, 2011, 11:07 AM   #4
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Residents demand jobs in Dongo Kundu bypass project

Residents demand jobs in Dongo Kundu bypass project
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 00:09 BY BRIAN OTIENO AND IRENE WANJA


Residents of Miritini, Tsunza, Chaani and Changamwe have demanded for jobs in the Mombasa Southern Bypass project. The residents yesterday said they want 75 per cent of the jobs in the road construction as part of the compensation they are supposed to get from the Kenya National Highways Authority and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency. Jica could not state the cost of the project since they are still surveying the land.

They said they have come up with a new design that will affect lesser people and the construction will start in 2014. The second round of survey starts today. “How will those of us who live in the affected areas benefit in terms of employment? The law says at least 75 per cent of the workers must be the locals,” said Clement Mwasi, a Tsunza resident.

Kenji Isomoto, the leader of the Jica survey team, assured the residents that they would be considered for the jobs and those affected will be compensated. “This work needs cooperation between locals and other stakeholders. We will be employing the local youths for the casual jobs but we will need our experts for the technical ones,” said Isomoto.

Local consultants Repcon Associates, who would be doing the second survey, had announced that only a few people would be considered for the employment, creating tension between them and the locals. “The work we will be doing requires experts. We will need only about 10 locals for two weeks,” said Repcons’ Michael Wairagu, much to the chagrin of the residents.

It took the intervention of Changamwe DC Douglas Mutahi to calm the residents down. Fishermen from the affected areas including Tsunza were worried that the Dongo Kundu bypass would interfere with the source of their livelihoods. But Isomoto revealed that their fish breeding grounds would not be interfered with.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 07:31 AM   #6
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Ernest, your pic above...is that the actual road being built? the surveys, consultations and all the bureaucratic goodness is over?
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Old August 24th, 2011, 08:59 AM   #8
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Ernest, your pic above...is that the actual road being built? the surveys, consultations and all the bureaucratic goodness is over?
its not my pic.Its from the article "kaguangi1" was trying to post.
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Old September 17th, 2011, 06:24 PM   #9
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Bypass Plan Drives Up Land

http://allafrica.com/stories/201109080061.html

The planned Dongo Kundu bypass has had a major influence on land and property prices in Mombasa, especially in Changamwe and Mazeras.

The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) invited applications for funding the project early this year.

It has dragged on for over 40 years since first mooted and now the Japan International Cooperation Agency has sent a team to review the preliminary design, sparking the current land and property boom.

Intense interest in the land, according to Myspace Property managing director Mwenda Thuranira is between Miritini and Mazeras.

The proposed bypass will start near Miritini, west of Moi International Airport, on the central mainland and will connect with the south mainland on the Likoni-Diani road.

The bypass, to skirt Dongo Kundu, will be about 17.5 kilometres long and project consultants Mochel are now working on the final designs after the Government approved the preliminaries.

"Once the bypass is complete, container freight stations (CFSs) and transporters will move from Changamwe, where they are currently concentrated, to areas further west towards Mazeras," Mr Thuranira said. "Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) will rely on the bypass to improve the efficiency of delivering containers from the port. With Dongo Kundu bypass in use, the trucks will easily avoid the congested Changamwe circuit by joining the highway at Miritini along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway," port public relations manager Benard Osero said.

This will change the fortunes of Changamwe, which has emerged as a commercial hub since 2007 when houses started making way for the freight stations that were started to relieve congestion at the port.

Today, there are more than 15 licensed stations in the region, each on more than 10 acres.

Transporters prefer yards near the stations but once the Dongo Kundu bypass opens, land in Changamwe will be freed for other uses since it would not be desirable to bring containers from Miritini towards Changamwe, Mr Thuranira said.

A commercial centre in Changamwe is already taking shape with the first office blocks to be built by Myspace Property, with 60 offices in a five-storey building planned to start before the end of this year.

"The blocks will rest on a two-acre plot with sufficient parking and will be the first offices in the region to have capacity to accommodate leading shipping line agents, clearing and forwarding agents, cargo consolidators, transporters and other stakeholders such as banks," said Mr Thuranira, who is also the Kenya Property Developers Association (KPDA) chairman in Coast province

The project had been funded by I & M bank to a tune of Sh1 billion.

Changamwe is just a few minutes drive from Mombasa port and is said to be better placed to become a shipping centre than congested Mombasa Island.

Banks have already been attracted to Changamwe with the Commercial Bank of Africa, Imperial Bank and Kenya Women Fund Trust all opening new branches in the region.

The Bank of Africa (BoA) opened a branch there two months ago.

"Changamwe is Mombasa's transport hub and positioning ourselves there will be convenient to our customers who will not now have to beat congestion to access our services in Mombasa Island," said the the managing director of BoA, Mr Kwame Ahadzi.

However, the National Bank of Kenya, which receives tax on behalf of the Kenya Revenue Authority, has not yet established a branch in Changamwe.
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Mr Joseph Kirema, an investor in cargo handling logistics and the managing director of Summit Cove, said there was a huge potential for Changamwe to become a commercial hub.

Transporters have recently seen the need for parking yards between Miritini and Mazeras, he said, and the value of the land had doubled in the last two years with an acre currently going for Sh30 million

Ms Alice Wahome, the managing director of Shikara Apartments, said that it was necessary to decongest the island by creating business hubs elsewhere and Changamwe had shown potential for that role.

Due to the increased pressure on land in Changamwe, housing investors had moved to the neighbouring estates of Tudor, Mikindani and Miritini, increasing the cost of land as well as rent.
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Old March 5th, 2012, 07:02 PM   #10
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Old May 23rd, 2012, 01:20 AM   #11
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Just in case the budget blows out of proportion, blame the 'swampy' area. Just wondering if the Japanese will undertake the construction too.

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Old May 23rd, 2012, 09:32 AM   #12
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Kenya gets Sh29bn loan for bypass in Mombasa


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Dongo Kundu project. The Sh29 billion bypass expected to help commuters cut reliance on Likoni ferry

Dongo Kundu project. The Sh29 billion bypass expected to help commuters cut reliance on Likoni ferry
By GEOFFREY IRUNGU (email the author)

Posted Tuesday, May 22 2012 at 19:44

Kenya has secured a Sh29 billion loan from Japan for construction of a bypass in Mombasa, boosting efforts to ease movement of cargo from the port.


The 26-kilometre Dongo Kundu bypass is the second-largest project after the Lamu Port and Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor, estimated to cost Sh1.5 trillion.

“We agreed with the Kenya government that it was crucial to construct a link road that connects the new container terminal with the Northern Corridor,” Japan’s ambassador to Kenya Toshihisa Takata said.

“Expanding Mombasa port alone will not be enough to realise its full potential as the region’s hub port of freight. There is a serious problem of congestion on the roads,” Mr Takata said.

Finance minister Njeru Githae said completion of the bypass would decongest the city, providing an alternative to Likoni ferry by linking the main land with south Coast. “This is a high-priority project whose completion will facilitate easy access, mobility and transportation of goods and passengers,” said Mr Githae. The project is scheduled to start in December for completion by August 2018.
Roads minister Franklin Bett said a preliminary design has already been done.

He said although the bypass would be shorter than the 45-kilometre Thika Road superhighway, it would cost more because it would pass through a swampy area.

“Most of the road would be done on a waterlogged area including parts of it being in the sea and will also include four bridges,” he said. The bypass will start from Miritini through Mwache, Tsunza, Dongo Kundu and Kibundani.
Will it be built by the Japanese?
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Old May 23rd, 2012, 09:12 PM   #13
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i dont think so i guess they are just the financiers the Chinese will build the road im guessing.
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DONGO KUNDU BYPASS TO START



I just wish these journalists took more time to expound on the articles they write, have the construction tenders been advertised, awarded ,who is building it?
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Construction of the Dongo Kundu by-pass in Mombasa will start in the next two months. The bypass which will link Mombasa to south coast is aimed at reducing congestion and expand infrastructure in the region. Transport assistant minister Hassan Joho says once the project is complete it will help improve on the socio-economic status of the area and attract other economic developers.
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Old July 20th, 2012, 11:54 PM   #15
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Am with you Kenyan Journalists are the laziest of them all! Anyway I think the survey starts in September and will last nine months, after which the tenders will go out and construction starts in 2014. On a side note I think Kenya should make better use of the army engineers as well as national youth service to work on the heavy lifting and then tender the rest of the road construction so that we save on time. It took the US army corps of engineers 8 months in 1940s to complete 3000km of road in Alaska!
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4 Suspension bridges will be planned for this road so i can see why it would take all that time to construct. and i believe this road project is bigger than Thika rd....

Acreed i had the same thought that the government use the army corp engineers/youth service to repair/build the poor state of roads in the country instead of awarding it to shoddy contractors who idle the government for more money.....
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4 Suspension bridges will be planned for this road so i can see why it would take all that time to construct. and i believe this road project is bigger than Thika rd....

Acreed i had the same thought that the government use the army corp engineers/youth service to repair/build the poor state of roads in the country instead of awarding it to shoddy contractors who idle the government for more money.....


Are the designs already out? Would be great to have a glimpse of the design or details of the design like [QUOTE=Adm.Adama;93464734] already started by saying 4 suspension bridges....
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Not yet but they should be out in the coming months
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Not yet but they should be out in the coming months

How did Kenya get the KES 29 bn for the road if even the designs are not ready yet. Did we really get the loan as reported or what was it for so early in time?
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How did Kenya get the KES 29 bn for the road if even the designs are not ready yet. Did we really get the loan as reported or what was it for so early in time?
i think after the Japanese have finished the feasibility studies will be able to see a render of the road project... and yes we got the Kes 29 bn loan
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