African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a loan of about KSh23.8 billion to fund the expansion of Kenya’s Great North Road.
Other financers of the project are the Kenyan government; which will cover 19 percent of the total cost, the Africa Growing Together Fund, set up by the Bank and the People’s Bank of China; which will cover 12% of the total project cost.
African Development Bank will cover 69% of the total project cost which is estimated at KSh29.3 billion.
The five-year project will convert the 84km Kenol–Sagana–Marua Road in central and eastern Kenya from a two-way single carriageway into a dual bypass and is due for completion in 2025, benefitting about 1.15 million people among them manufacturers and traders.
The Great North Road is set to ease traffic between Nairobi and the Central Kenya and Eastern Kenya towns.