Highways

Isiolo - Moyale Road
Isiolo - Moyale Road

A section of the 505 Km Isiolo to Moyale highway at the Wamba Junction.

Inter-regional Highways from Lamu to Isiolo, Isiolo to Juba (South Sudan), Isiolo to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), and Lamu to Garsen (Kenya)

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The LAPSSET Corridor Highways connect Lamu Port to landlocked Ethiopia and South Sudan, enabling movement of people and cargo along the LAPSSET Corridor, interconnecting the region, spurring regional trade and economic development.

The Main LAPSSET Corridor Roads include; –

  1. Lamu Port access road (10km)
  2. Lamu-Witu Garsen road (113km)
  3. Lamu-Garisa-Isiolo road (530km)
  4. Isiolo-Moyale-Hawassa road (505km)
  5. Isiolo- Lokichar – Nadapal – Torit – Juba Road (700km)

Current Status

  1. The African Development Bank financed the completed detailed engineering design of Lamu-Garissa- 257 km road and construction begun in May 2021. The road is expected to be complete in 2023. Isiolo-Nginyang-Lokichar (3800km) Road, The African Development Bank financed the completed detailed engineering design. The road section is under resource mobilization stage for construction
  1. The Isiolo-Moyale-Hawassa road section is complete while the construction of the Moyale Hawassa (Ethiopian side) is well in progress.
  2. The Government of Kenya has separately signed bilateral Road and Transport Agreements with the Government of Ethiopia and Government of South Sudan to facilitate development of the roads as regional infrastructure.
  3. The Government of Kenya and the Government of South Sudan, working together with the World Bank recently completed feasibility studies and detailed engineering designs for the Lokichar – Nadapal – Torit – Juba Road this road section was completed in December 2021.

Cargo traffic

Some of the immediate cargo transported through the LAPSSET Corridor are as follows:

  • Assorted minerals from Kenya
  • Agricultural products from Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan
  • Industrial products from Kenya and Ethiopia
  • Livestock and Fish products from Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan
  • Imported vehicles to Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan
  • Imported industrial parts
  • Crude Oil from Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda
  • Industrial outputs from the Lamu Special Economic Zone
  • Product Oil to Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan
  • Recently discovered Copper will use the railway to transport the metal to Lamu for export
  • Transshipment cargo will grow significantly considering that Lamu port will be the largest port of call in the East Coast of Africa. Much of this cargo will be transported inland via the railway line.

milestones

  1. Works on the 505Km Isiolo to Moyale section is complete.
  2. Construction works on the One-Stop Border Post at Moyale is complete.
  3. The road infrastructure spans from Lamu to Moyale and Nakodok through Isiolo.
  4. The Government has provided funds for the opening of the 280km Lamu – Garissa to gravel standard.

Immediate Benefits

  • Travel time between Moyale (Kenya/Ethiopia border town) and Nairobi reduced from about 3 days down to 10 hours. Previously, bus travelers made two night stopovers during the journey from Moyale to Nairobi. The first at Marsabit and the second at Isiolo, arriving in Nairobi on the evening of the third day.
  • Increased response by government institutions in the delivery of public services including security
  • Stabilization of security among communities residing along the road has significantly increased. Inter-community conflicts have since reduced to almost nil.
  • Increased commodity supply and economic trade into the region.
  • Increased market access to goods and livestock produced from the region.

Cargo traffic

Some of the immediate cargo transported through the LAPSSET Corridor are as follows:

  • Assorted minerals from Kenya
  • Agricultural products from Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan
  • Industrial products from Kenya and Ethiopia
  • Livestock and Fish products from Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan
  • Imported vehicles to Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan
  • Imported industrial parts
  • Crude Oil from Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda
  • Industrial outputs from the Lamu Special Economic Zone
  • Product Oil to Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan
  • Recently discovered Copper will use the railway to transport the metal to Lamu for export
  • Transshipment cargo will grow significantly considering that Lamu port will be the largest port of call in the East Coast of Africa. Much of this cargo will be transported inland via the railway line.
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