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Construction works on the dual carriageway from the Port Reitz to Moi International Airport in Mombasa. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI

By WINNIE ATIENO

A section of the newly constructed Sh2.7 billion Port Reitz – Moi International Airport access road caved in on Sunday, sparking fears among residents.

The road provides a key link to the newly constructed second container terminal at the Port of Mombasa.

Tens of Mombasa West residents rushed to the scene of the incident to take pictures and video as well as demanding answers from the Chinese contractors.

Some took to social media to post the pictures and videos of the caved in section, blaming it on poor workmanship.

ROAD IS SINKING

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“The road is slowly sinking and drivers should exercise caution,” Watene Kioko said on Facebook.

Mombasa cunty Transport and Public Works Executive Tawfiq Balala said the affected section lies within the island-bound service road near a footbridge.

“Reconfiguration of the traffic flow has been instituted to allow for reinstatement of the affected section. It appears like an old well. It seems the filling of the well was not done properly during construction of the road hence settlement of material,” Mr Balala said.

The executive said arrangements are underway to reinstate the section.

“The contractor, China Wu Yi is already on site to fix it. The failed section is being exposed to establish the depth and lateral extent of the damage,” he added.

Nation found contractors at the site repairing the damaged area.

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