Voi to Arusha highway construction now expected to start in June


(Posted 16th April 2014)

The long awaited start of construction of the planned highway between Arusha / Tanzania and Voi in Kenya is now finally due to start in June this year, a source based in Arusha has confirmed.

The project worth nearly 235 million US Dollars will be largely financed through the African Development Bank, with the two governments of Kenya and Tanzania contributing some 28 million US Dollars combined.

The road project will, when completed, greatly ease road transport between the port city of Mombasa to Arusha, supporting regional trade but also boosting the flow of tourists who can then visit the attractions of the area without being shaken to bits as is presently the case along the road section between Taveta and Mwatate on the Kenyan side, arguably one of the worst trunk roads anywhere in Kenya.

The road links Tsavo East National Park with Tsavo West National Park towards Lake Jipe, the Taita Hills Game Reserve and Lake Chala while on the Tanzanian side the Mkomanzi National Park and the Kilimanjaro National Park will be easier to access, especially as bypasses are planned around the town of Taveta.

A stretch from Arusha towards Moshi will be turned into a dual carriage highway covering some 14 kilometres in order to further ease traffic in and out of Arusha towards the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Construction is expected to last approximately 3 years before the entire new highway is complete.

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