The Northern Multimodal Corridor connecting Tanzania, Kenya and South Sudan is the main trading route serving the Lake Victoria basin. The Isebania-Kisii-Ahero Road forms part of the Sirari Corridor, a major trade and transit route linking Tanzania, Kenya, and South Sudan. It serves as the main trade route between Mwanza port (Tanzania), Kisumu port (Kenya), and onward to Juba (South-Sudan).The elimination of non-tariff barriers and reductions in high transport costs in the East African Community (EAC) region are essential to allow growth in regional and domestic trade, and are vital for poverty reduction and economic integration. Business around Lake Victoria relies heavily on road networks to transport commodities from the hinterland to the ports. The quality of the basin’s road infrastructure is therefore extremely important for the region.
The project comprises: rehabilitation of Isebania-Kisii-Ahero road (172km) and upgrading of feeder roads (77km) connected to the main roadway; assessment of domestic construction industry capacity; analysis of transport infrastructure gap in Kenya; and Technical Assistance to update Road and Bridges design Manuals, establishment of post-crash care and injury recovery centre, setting up of road 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 Project is estimated to cost USD 280.26 million, and is co-financed by the Bank Group (81.4%), EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund (4%), and Government of Kenya (14.6%). The total project construction period is 3 years (2016–2019).
Current Implementation Progress: Construction Supervision Contracts for Lots 1 and 2 have been awarded to M/s Egis International in Association with Egis Kenya Ltd and M/S Abdul Mullick Associates Ltd in JV with Norken International Ltd and Max & Partners Ltd. respectively. These contracts were signed on 24th September 2016 and the Consultants have mobilized to site and currently working on technical design reviews.
The Consultancy Contract for Baseline (Social And Economic Impact) Studies And Environmental And Social Management Plan (ESMP) Implementation Monitoring And Road Safety Audit has been awarded to M/S TIMCON Associates in JV with CIMA International Ltd. The Contract is yet to be signed.
The Civil Works contracts are expected to be signed by end of January 2017.
Procurement of Consultancy Services for Technical Audit and Infrastructure Gap Study and Development of Transport Strategy is advanced and scheduled to be completed in April 2017. The procurement of the supply and delivery of medical equipment has started and the first package should be finalized by end of February 2017, particularly, the purchase of ambulances.
In the meantime, all matters of Resettlement Action Plan are being fast tracked by KeNHA considering also that the land to be acquired, as determined by design Consultant, require proper verification and validation before submission to National Land Commission for settlements.
The 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 a few components have kicked off such as supply of ambulances and consultancy services for assessing the capacity of domestic construction industry in Kenya.