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Upgrading of Loichangamatak-Lodwar-Nadapal trunk road to take three years - KeNHA

Rachael Atieno
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KeNHA project supervision team led by Eng. John Ndinika inspects upgrade of Lokitaung Junction-Kalobeiyei River (A1) Road and Kalobeiyei River-Nadapal (A1) Road sections of the Loichangamatak-Lodwar-Nadapal (A1) Road, February 13, 2018. [Photo|KeNHA]

KeNHA project supervision team led by Eng. John Ndinika, inspected the ongoing mobilization progress by various contractors awarded the contract to upgrade Lokitaung Junction-Kalobeiyei River (A1) Road and Kalobeiyei River-Nadapal (A1) Road sections of the Loichangamatak-Lodwar-Nadapal (A1) Road. 

 The team was formed to supervise the upgrading of the International trunk road from Loichangamatak-Lodwar-Nadapal/Nakodok (Eastern Africa Regional Transport, Trade and Development Facilitation Project) road.

In 2017, KeNHA awarded Chongqing International Construction Corporation the contract to upgrade Lokitaung Junction- Kalobeyei River, 80km in length. 

China Railway No. 5 Engineering Group Limited was awarded the contract to upgrade Kalobeiyei River-Nadapal/Nakodok (South Sudan Border), 88km in length. The contractors have set up there respective camps, mobilized construction machinery and are currently undertaking various works. 

The component is an important link along the Biharamalo-Mwanza-Musoma-Sirari-Isebania-Kitale-Lodwar-Lokichogio-Nakodok-Juba Transport Corridor of the East African Community’ Regional Trunk Road Network. 

"The World Bank and the Government of Kenya under the Eastern Africa Regional Transport, Trade and Development Facilitation Project (EARTTDFP) jointly fund the Loichangamatak-Lodwar-Nadapal Road, whose completion is expected to take three years," said KeNHA in a statement on Tuesday.

The projects are part of the agreement between the Government of Kenya and the World Bank for the upgrading of the road corridor between Lokichar and Nadapal/Nakodok. The Government of Kenya will finance the construction of the 40 Kilometre section between Lokichar and Loichangamatak.

Once complete, KeNHA said the project will vastly improve the movement of goods and people along the road corridor situated in the North Western part of Kenya, and in particular, will enhance connectivity between Kenya and South Sudan, as well as promote national cohesion and regional integration.

The implementation of the corridor under the mandate of KeNHA will focus on the improvement of the road infrastructure, and the implementation of trade and development facilities, including the development of pastoralist roadside markets.

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