He said there were nine options on where the bridge should be built and the agreed location will allow operations on both the Likoni and Mtongwe channels to continue.

Consultations with the Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) management revealed that ferries could not handle the congestion at the channel, he added.

“The management noted that even with more ferries the congestion cannot be dealt with, the channel being the only connection to South Coast,” he said.

STUCK IN TRAFFIC

For instance, on Wednesday, motorists were stuck in traffic for more than four hours at Likoni Channel after Mv Jambo ferry was withdrawn for routine maintenance, leaving only Mv Nyayo, Mv Harambee and Mv Likoni operational.

The motorists complained of delays occasioned by what they termed as poor management of the vessels. Mv Jambo was back in operation at around 9pm.

Mr Mwangi Thursday noted that the lack of a road connection between the island and the mainland poses monumental challenges to the economic development of Mombasa and Kwale counties.

“Tourism has also suffered in South Coast,” said Mr Mwangi. “Ferry service is no longer viable.”

The bridge will also boost the Mombasa Special Economic Zone project.

Mombasa Lands, Planning and Housing executive Edward Nyale assured residents to be affected by the project that they will be relocated.

“Your interests will be well taken care of,” said Mr Nyale.

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