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New railroad in Kenya 60% complete

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Staff writer ▼ | December 14, 2015
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said 60% of the East African country’s China-financed railroad from the port city of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi, is complete.
Kenya railroad
Africa   The standard gauge railroad runs 378 miles
The standard gauge railroad runs 378 miles between Mombasa and Nairobi, and is planned to extend to the town Malaba, near neighbor Uganda.

Kenya has also concluded contracts for 3,000 kilometers (1,865 miles) of paved road, with construction scheduled to start next month, while a further 1,200 kilometers are already being built, according to Kenyatta.

On transport infrastructure, President Kenyatta said the country has 8,879 of tarmac roads developed in the last decade with another 1,200 kilometres are under development compared to 2219 in 1963.

The President said Kenyans have become healthier with life expectancy rising from 48 years in 1963 to more than 60 in 2014. The country is steadily winning the war on HIV/AIDS; and child mortality has halved since 1998, President Kenyatta added.