Highway upgrade between Tanzania and Kenya
23 April 2014
The planned highway between Arusha, Tanzania, and Voi in Kenya is now finally due to start in June this year. The project worth nearly US$235 million will be largely financed through the African Development Bank, with the two governments of Kenya and Tanzania contributing some US$28 million combined.
The road project will, when completed, greatly ease road transport between the port city of Mombasa to Arusha, supporting regional trade but also boosting the flow of tourists who can then visit the attractions of the area.
The road links Tsavo East National Park with Tsavo West National Park towards Lake Jipe, the Taita Hills Game Reserve and Lake Chala while on the Tanzanian side the Mkomanzi National Park and the Kilimanjaro National Park will be easier to access, especially as bypasses are planned around the town of Taveta.
A stretch from Arusha towards Moshi will be turned into a dual carriage highway covering some 14 kilometers in order to further ease traffic in and out of Arusha towards the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Construction is expected to last approximately 3 years before the entire new highway is complete.