New road linking Kenya and Tanzania complete ahead of schedule

New road linking Kenya and Tanzania complete ahead of schedule

Dec 28, 2016: The Voi-Taveta road, connecting Kenya and Tanzania, which is one of the government’s flagship projects, has been completed ahead of schedule and will be handed over in January.

91 per cent of the funding was a loan from the African Development Fund and nine per cent was from the government.Construction on the 98.4km road, the project which cost Sh8.4 billion, started in May 2014.It was due for completion next May, according to the Kenya National Highways Authority.

The road is a vital connection between the two countries and its completion signifies a major step in cross-border trade. The road is expected to open up the Mt Kilimanjaro agriculturally rich zone and Taveta which is a major source of bananas, vegetables and fruits that are sold at Mombasa’s Kongowea open air market.

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