Construction of dual carriage 20km road stretch between Athi River and Machakos turn off along Mombasa road stalls deeming the hopes of its December 2018 completion deadline, reports the Standard.
President Uhuru Kenyatta had launched the construction of this stretch in October 20, 2016 with an aim of reducing traffic along the road by incorporating three separate interchanges at Daystar University, Athi river and road junction to Mua Hills.
When opening the project, President Uhuru Kenyatta told the residents that the dual carriage was meant to ease congestion along the busy Nairobi-Mombasa highway well as providing employment to the youths.
Construction of the road started in March 2017 and was financed by the World Bank with Kenya Transport Sector Support Projects (KTSSP), the development was expected to take 18 months to be fully completed.
Now, it is only a month to the agreed deadline and the road has not been completed.
While it is not clear why the project has stalled, several sections of the construction were at an advance stage of completion with the major bridge connections having been done.
The Athi River bridge and interchange is about 60% completed, so is the construction of the highway base on major parts of the 20Km stretch.