Rehabilitation of the South Sudan Link Road is strongly promoted by the East African Community (EAC) and by the African Union (AU) through its Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). For Kenya, the project is one of the national priority investments in road infrastructure as the Government of Kenya (GoK) aims to develop the regions in the Northwest of the country that until now exhibit development indicators far below the national average in all categories. The project is financed by EU, KfW and the Government of Kenya and implemented by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA). Main activities of the project comprise the construction of the section Kitale – Morpus of the South Sudan Link Road, accompanied by measures to ensure project sustainability such as the installation of axle load control facilities to prevent overloading and a long-term maintenance contract. Apart from road rehabilitation the project features activities to promote road safety and economic development/social service delivery as well as measures to mitigate possible negative social and environmental impacts.
The project section to be rehabilitated using EU-AITF funds is located in the South of the Kenyan part of the South Sudan Link Road from the junction North of Kitale to Morpus (68 km). It will finance the construction costs (especially overload control) and consultants (road safety audit, supervision of environmental and social mitigating measures as well as construction supervision).