Kenya - Kenol - Kagana - Marua Highway improvement Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 26 Sep 2019
Signature Date 09 Jan 2020
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 140,741,736.3
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Kenol - Kagana - Marua Highway improvement Project is part of the Kenyan section of Trans-Africa Highway, TAH4 (Cairo to Cape), through Nairobi on to Moyale. The project road also links the Capital City Nairobi to some of the major commercially and agriculturally rich Mt Kenya region as well as to Ethiopia through the Moyale border. Thus, it will contribute to enhancing movement of goods/ services (trade) and people between the counties in Central, Eastern Kenya and the capital city, Nairobi and also links with Ethiopia. The Project consists of the dualling of 84 km of the Kenol–Sagana–Marua road with grade separated junctions, road safety interventions and social complementary initiatives. The project also includes soft components such as training of unemployed youth, institutional capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, sensitization and awareness, tree planting, among others. The total cost of the project is EUR 257.68 million. The Project is co-financed by the Bank Group (69%), Africa Growing Together Fund (12%) and Government of Kenya (19%). The overall implementation period is 5 years (2020–2025).

Project Objectives

The development objectives of the project are to contribute to the country’s social and economic development efforts by providing a more efficient and effective transport system and to promote trade and regional integration. The specific objective of the project is to improve road transport services along the corridor by reducing travel time and vehicle operating costs, mitigating traffic congestion and associated emissions, and improving safety along the road.


The project beneficiaries are residents in the zone of influence of the project of about 1.15 million of which 44% women, who will have greater economic opportunities and improved access to social services and goods. Regional beneficiaries include producers, manufacturers and traders who will have an improved access on the main corridor to the northern corridor at a reduced time and cost. The primary beneficiaries are the traders and farmers from the five counties who directly or indirectly transport their produce to national, regional and international markets. The total population in the 3 primary impact counties of Muranga, Nyeri and Kirinyaga according to the 2009 Kenya Population Census was 2,173,213 people (KNBS, 2010). The total population of the secondary impact counties of Embu and Machakos is 516, 212 and 1,098,584 persons respectively.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Kenya


IATI identifier 46002-P-KE-DB0-037
Last Update 04 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name MAMMO Zerfu Tessema

Geographic Location

Country Kenya
Coordinates Location Name
-1.6558 37.37454 Kinoi
-0.66806 37.20875 Sagana
-1.38326 37.59018 Kambiti
-2.53621 37.52935 Makutano
-0.9 37.1833 Makuyu
-0.4841 37.12662 Karatina
-0.42 36.95 Nyeri District
-0.5 37.3333 Kirinyaga District
-0.52 37.45 Embu
-1.282 37.408 Machakos District