The government has announced that Kenyans will pay to use the new Rironi-Nakuru-Mau Summit road once it is complete.
The contract to expand the Ksh160 billion road, which starts in September, was awarded to a French consortium made up of Vinci Highways SAS, Meridian Infrastructure Africa Fund and Vinci Concessions SAS.
The 233 kilometre road will be expanded into a four-lane dual carriageway through the Public Private Partnership model.
“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,”said Transport CS Macharia said.
Saloon cars will pay motorists will pay Ksh6 per kilometre, which translates to Ksh1,396 while commercial vehicles will pay Ksh24 per kilometre, which translates to Ksh5,582.
The consortium will design, finance, construct, operate and maintain the express. They will then recoup their finances using the revenue and income generated by the electronic till collection system along the road over a period of 30 years.