President Uhuru Kenyatta is in Paris for a two-day official visit.
The president, who left Kenya on Tuesday evening, is likely to finalize the deal on the Sh160 billion toll highway connecting Nairobi with Mau Summit, which is set to open in September.
This will help to alleviate traffic congestion on the northern route, among other things.
The road will be developed into a four-lane dual carriageway using a Public-Private Partnership model after a 233-kilometer contract was awarded to a French consortium made up of Vinci Highways SAS, Meridian Infrastructure Africa Fund, and Vinci Concessions SAS last year(2020).
The consortium will be in charge of designing, financing, building, operating, and maintaining the express.
Over a 30-year period, the company will return its funds by using the revenues and income generated by the electronic toll collection system along the road.
The project also includes upgrading the current Rironi-Mai Mahiu–Naivasha road to a seven-meter roadway with two-meter shoulders on both sides, erecting a four-kilometer elevated highway through Nakuru town, and improving interchanges along the route.