The Isebania-Kisii-Ahero Road section forms part of the southern link of the Tanzania-Kenya-South Sudan Road Corridor, which is an international trunk road running parallel to the Western border between Kenya and both Tanzania and Uganda. It serves as the main trade route between Kisumu port (Kenya) and Mwanza port (Tanzania) - the key trading centres within the Lake Victoria basin. The project aims at facilitating inter-regional movement of passengers and freight, widening of access to local markets, and enhancing connectivity with social and economic centres in the region. It entails: rehabilitation works for Isebania-Kisii-Ahero road (172km) and upgrading of associated feeder roads (77km) linking with the main roadway; assessment of domestic construction capacity; analysis of transport infrastructure gap in the Country; and Technical Assistance to update Road design Manuals, establishment of Post-Crash Emergency Trauma Centre, crash database, and empowerment of small-to-medium women and youth contractors through targeted training - to improve capacity for road maintenance. Ancillary works include: community water supply; roadside markets to improve local business environment and road safety.
The EU-AITF IG was approved in December 2015. The implementation of the project components to be covered under the financing is expected to start in Q4 2016. Procurement of four project components have since been concluded.