The Kenya National Highways Authority embarked on an ambitious infrastructure project to upgrade Kibwezi – Kitui – Kabati – Migwani Road to bitumen standard in December 2018. Major works have been undertaken that include; Site clearance – 71.5 km, Topsoil stripping – 69km, Earthworks – 50km, Improved subgrade – 42.5km, Subbase – 19km, Basecourse – 6.5km, AC wearing course 0.4km, a total of 18 box culverts fitted, 61 pipe culverts fitted and construction of 66.5km of deviations to ease flow of traffic has been undertaken.
This road forms part of the larger Mombasa – Addis Ababa Transport Corridor that links the Mombasa – Nairobi Highway (A8) at Kibwezi and the Nairobi – Addis Ababa Highway (A2) at Isiolo. It is an alternative shorter route to Moyale and ultimately Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The traffic to these areas from Mombasa will avoid going through Nairobi once the entire stretch to Isiolo via Mwingi and Mikinduri to join the Meru – Maua Road at Muriri is upgraded to bitumen standard.
When complete, the Kibwezi – Kitui – Kabati – Migwani road will:
- Encourage development of critical infrastructure facilities in the regions traversed (power, water, telecommunications and social infrastructure)
- Facilitate Tourism through provision of reliable links to Mwingi National Reserve, Meru National Park, and Kora Game Reserve
- Support the long term development and viability of the Mombasa – Isiolo – Moyale corridor, and Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia- Transport (LAPSSET)
- Result in reduction of travel time between Kibwezi and Migwani
- Boost trade between Mount Kenya Region, Lower Eastern and Coastal Regions
- Contribute to improved Food Security and distribution in Eastern Kenya region in general
- Strengthening the connection between Kenya’s three main regional transport corridors namely: Northern Corridor (A8), the Kenya – Ethiopia Corridor (A2) and the Thika – Garissa – Liboi (A3).