The World Bank has committed to fund a 740 km highway at a cost of KSh100 billion that will traverse four counties of  — Isiolo, Meru, Wajir and Mandera.

The project will be undertaken by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).

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Bernard Parmaray, an official at the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, said KeNHA has already finalised designs for the first phase of the project.

He revealed that the World Bank has already released KSh 50 billion for the first phase that will cover 356 km.

Parmaray said the ministry has signed an MoU with the four counties involved that binds them to lower construction costs for the project.

“When planning this project we realised that the cost of materials will go high especially when levies charged by counties are included,” said Parmaray.

“So we have agreed with the governors of the four counties to waive levies for materials that are produced and transported within their areas.”

Parmaray said the Government also plans to build social amenities along the road, adding a fibre optic cable will be laid along the highway.

Speaking at the same time, Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi hailed the project as a “blessing to the county”

“ The road is of great importance given that it is going to open up the drier northern parts of Meru,” said Kiraitu.

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