AfDB funds East African road project

22 April 2013

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is to provide loans totalling US$ 232.5 million to support construction of the 157.5 km road from Arusha to Holili in Tanzania, and Taveta to Voi in Kenya.

Kenya will receive US$ 113.12 million while Tanzania will be awarded US$120 million. The loans represent 89.1% of the total project cost, with the Governments of Kenya and Tanzania both contributing US$ 15.6 million and US$ 12.3 million, respectively.

Scheduled for completion by December 2018, the Arusha-Holili/Taveta-Voi Road is a transport corridor of the East African Region that links the northern corridor at Voi to the central corridor across the common border at Holili/Taveta through Arusha, Babati to Dodoma and Singida.

The project will comprise civil works for the construction of the Arusha Bypass (42.4 km) and dualling the Sakina-Tengeru section (14.1 km) as well as the construction of two roadside amenities at Tengeru, one on either side of the dual carriageway in Tanzania.

It will also involve the upgrading of the Taveta-Mwatate portion (89 km) and construction of the Taveta Bypass (12 km) and two roadside amenities, one each at Bura and Maktau along the Mwatate-Taveta Road in Kenya.

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