• Reference: P-Z1-DB0-183
  • Approval date: 29/03/2017
  • Start date: 09/10/2017
  • Appraisal Date: 03/08/2015
  • Status: OngoingOnGo
  • Location: WESTERN KENYA


The objective of the project is to improve access and connectivity between Uganda and Kenya as well as to stimulate economic activity in the eastern parts of Uganda and western part of Kenya and ease the traffic congestion along the Northern Corridor and within Eldoret Town. The project development objectives are two-fold: at regional level (for both countries), the objective is to contribute to improving road transportation and trade facilitation along the Suam border to foster transport linkage with Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and DRC and improve traffic congestion of Eldoret town in the Northern Corridor. At national level, the development objective is to contribute to improving transport services and agricultural productivity in the Kapchorwa-Suam-Kitale area and reduce the traffic congestion in Eldoret Town to stimulate and support local economic activities by reducing road maintenance costs, vehicle operating costs and travel time in the eastern Uganda and western part of Kenya.

The expected project outcomes include reduced transport costs; reduced congestion in Eldoret town; increased awareness about ills of gender based violence; and improved rate of survival out of vehicle accidents and maternal emergencies. The expected outputs include:

(i) construction, upgrading and rehabilitation of roads,

(ii) social sensitization and awareness program about Human Immuno Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome / Sexually Transmitted Infections (HIV/AIDS/STI), Gender, Road safety, Gender Based Violence (GBV)/Female Genital Mutilation (FGM);

(iii) Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) & Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) including tree planting;

(iv) post-crash and emergency response along project road and capacity building in first aid and emergency care;

(v) roadside markets and lorry parking bays;

(vi) paving access road and community access road; Improving water and sanitation facilities at Suam border; and (vii) studies related to sustainability of the investments.

The project components in Kenya are: Civil works for the rehabilitation, upgrading and construction of Suam-Kitale and Eldoret Bypass roads (77km); Construction supervision services for the two lots;Studies on road safety; Development of bridge management system; Axle load management; Technical Audit; Training of unemployed youth; and, HIV/AIDS/SITs, road safety, GBV/FGM and gender awareness and sensitization.


The project is a regional road traversing via Suam border and supports regional and national social-economic growth strategies and improves the traffic congestion in Eldoret Town. The rationale behind the Kapchorwa-Suam-Kitale and Eldoret Bypass road is that the improvement of the road will promote the effort of the Governments in poverty reduction through better road infrastructure in the two countries by providing all weather access for the supply of farm inputs and evacuation of produce to major market centers, thus improving the level of service and efficiency of the road network and reducing transport costs. It will also support regional integration, economic co-operation and foster transport linkage with Uganda, Kenya, DRC and South Sudan. This project is also aligned to the East African Regional Integration Strategy Paper (EA-RISP), which supports development infrastructure which has impact on regional transport and integration.


The direct beneficiaries of the project outputs are the 1.4 million people living in the project zone of influence area, local and regional traders and transporters using the project road. The outcomes of the project include reduced transport costs; reduced congestion in Eldoret town; increased awareness about ills of gender based violence; acquiring of marketable skill by the unemployed youth and improved rate of survival out of vehicle accidents and maternal emergencies. The project will contribute to poverty reduction by improving household incomes and well-being through increased access to markets and social services. Additional benefits will emanate from jobs created during construction, sub-contracts for supply of goods and services and roadside socio-economic activities. The beneficiaries will participate in the project through involvement during public consultations; during implementation through employment and monitoring through representation at various district and local committees.

Key contacts

MAMMO Zerfu Tessema - RDGE3


Finance source Amount
ADBUAC 60,620,000
ADFUAC 35,113,000
GovernmentUAC 13,080,000
TotalUAC 108,813,000