The Kenyan government has propose charging drivers a Sh6 toll per kilometer to cruise on the Nairobi-Mau Summit dual carriageway, whose construction begins in September. This translates to Sh1,398 for the entire 233 kilometers of the expected highway.
If the proposal is adopted, motorists will part with Sh800 to drive on the highway from Rironi to Nakuru
“The road shortens the journey by one hour but those who will not want to pay to ply the road will have to use other alternative routes though they will have to travel for three more hours,” Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said.
“It will improve connectivity between Central and Eastern Kenya and the Rift Valley and Western Kenya regions, and will reduce congestion on the Northern Corridor.”
“The road shortens the journey by one hour but those who will not want to pay to ply the road will have to use other alternative routes though they will have to travel for three more hours,” Macharia stated.
The Sh160 billion project will be undertaken by Rift Valley Connect Consortium, which comprises French firms Vinci Highways SAS, Meridian Infrastructure Africa Fund, and Vinci Concessions SAS.
The contract, which was signed during Kenyatta’s visit to France last year, will be undertaken on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
The consortium is expected to design, finance, construct, operate and maintain the expressway and recoup its investment from motorists in the form of toll fees for 30 years.
The project will see the highway expanded into a four-lane dual carriageway from Rironi to Mau Summit via Naivasha and Nakuru.
It will also involve rehabilitation of the Mai Mahiu-Naivasha Road and the setting up of toll stations on the highway.