Tunis: The Timboroa - Eldoret road is a Class A international trunk road of about 73 km. The road is part of the Northern Corridor International Trunk Road, which serves as a major transit route for traffic to and from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, eastern DRC and southern Sudan. The project road passes through the trading centers of Timboroa, Nabkoi, Kondoo, Burnt Forest, Cheptiret and Eldoret municipalities. The project road also traverses rich agricultural land where large scale subsistence and dairy farming are undertaken.
The project road was reconstructed in 1992 with bituminous surfacing and currently operates beyond capacity, carrying a weighted average of about 4,200 vehicles per day. The road has since deteriorated and requires timely rehabilitation. Currently the first 25 km of the road is in very poor physical condition, with severe wheel path rutting and eroded shoulders, and the remaining 48 km requires improvement in structural and riding quality. Other sections of the Northern Corridor are also either rehabilitated or considered for rehabilitation using financial resources from the Government, EU and the World Bank.
The project under considerations will have the following components:
ATimboroa - Eldoret Road Rehabilitation Works:This component involves rehabilitation works for the 73 km road to a bituminous standard (Asphalt Hot Mix) road including earthwork, pavement construction, maintenance/repair of existing bridges, execution of drainage structures, trailer park, road safety devices, lay-bys, and environmental and social mitigation measures.
BConstruction Supervision: This component involves construction supervision services for the civil works described above.
CEldoret Town Bypass study: This component involves the feasibility, environmental and social impact assessment and preliminary design study of the Eldoret town bypass.
DProject Technical and Financial Audits: Under this component, an independent auditor will provide project audit services to ensure that the proceeds of the loan are used economically, efficiently and solely for the purpose they are intended. The technical audit will also ensure that the contracting parties are performing as per the requirements of the respective contracts and their objectives are met.
ECompensation and Relocation of Services: This component makes provision for adequate compensation of Project Affected People identified in the Project Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, and relocation of utilities.
Rationale: The Government launched the long-term development strategy, Vision 2030, and the first five-year Medium Term Plan (MTP) for the period 2008-2012. The MTP has three overarching pillars namely, economic, social and political. The pillars are anchored on the foundations of macroeconomic stability, continued governance reforms, expansion of economic infrastructure, science technology and innovation, and land reform. The development of physical infrastructure in the MTP is seen as the basis for socio-economic transformation covering roads, water and sanitation, energy, and telecommunication.
The objective of the transport policy in Kenya is "to create an enabling framework to nurture the development of a safe, efficient and affordable transport system, whilst maintaining the leading edge of technological advancement in a rapidly changing and globalised environment". To achieve this object in the road sub sector, MTP targets include reconstruction and rehabilitation of 1,364 km of failed roads sections and construction of 1,950 km of new roads by 2012.
The rehabilitation of Timboroa - Eldoret road, which is a section of the Northern Transport Corridor and functions as a major transit route for traffic to and from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, eastern DRC and southern Sudan, will also facilitate regional integrations in addition to improving the efficiency of transport. The Bank is also financing regional road projects, which are connecting Kenya with Tanzania and Ethiopia. All of the above national strategies and plans are in line with Bank's Medium Term Strategy (2008-2012) which prioritizes support to infrastructure development as a key area for the Bank's future assistance and also promotes regional integration. Financing the proposed Project will ensure the Bank's continued involvement and leading support for the transport sector in Kenya.
The Benefits of the Project are: "Increased transit cargo and Intra-regional trade between Kenya and Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Southern Sudan "Improved standard of living "Transport cost and travel time between Nairobi and Kampala reduced