What Uhuru’s Launch of Ksh 4.5B Makupa Bridge Means for Mombasa

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President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the newly built Makupa Bridge in Mombasa on Thursday, August 4. The 475-meter bridge connects Mombasa Island to the mainland, providing a solution to the constant congestion experienced by motorists in the area.

The bridge is a replacement for the Makupa Causeway which was built by the colonial administration in 1929.

Residents of Mombasa have been relying on the causeway to cross to opposite sides of Kenya’s only island city for over 90 years, albeit with restrictions due to its high population.

A bridge along the Makupa Causeway connecting Mombasa Island and the Kenyan interior

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Makupa Bridge is one of the flagship projects of the Uhuru regime in the coastal region. The four lanes will help reduce travel time from Moi International Airport in Mombasa and other suburbs in the western part of the city to 10 minutes.

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The president, upon launching the bridge, welcomed the completion of the project, noting that it is part of his administration’s commitment to improve the transport network in the region.

“This bridge will help transport goods and people. The usual traffic jams we experienced are now a thing of the past,” the head of state noted during the commissioning.

In addition to reducing traffic congestion in the area, the bridge was also designed to enhance Mombasa’s status as an island city.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister James Macharia noted in June that the elevation of the city would restore Mombasa’s lost glory as a major coastal city.

“The Makupa Bridge project is historic in that it brings Mombasa back to one of the internationally recognized islands and helps market it as a tourist destination,” Macharia noted during the project’s inspection in June.

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The bridge will give Mombasa a new landmark with an elegant view of the waters of the Indian Ocean. It floats above the sea, with each of the lanes being 20 meters wide.

The project includes an extension of a footpath for city residents and tourists. This two-meter section will also serve cyclists entering and exiting the city of Mombasa – further elevating Kenya’s second largest city by international standards.

In addition, the design meets the requirements of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) regarding the conservation of marine life.

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UNESCO had placed a condition on the government and demanded the immediate removal of the old causeway that had blocked the free movement of water in the canal.

The new 450-meter stretch will allow dredging of both sides of the Tudor and Port Reitz creeks, fulfilling the condition set by the UN body that nearly removed Mombasa from the list of island cities in the world. deleted.

The Jubilee administration has undertaken several major infrastructure projects that are expected to be the deciding factor in the coastal region.

Other notable projects launched include the Likoni Floating Bridge and the Changamwe Interchange.

Makupa bridge to replace 90-year-old causeway

Transport Minister James Macharia (left) orientates President Uhuru Kenyatta (center) by the Makupa Bridge Bridge on August 4, 2022.

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