On a sweltering Kenyan morning on the outskirts of a national wildlife park, Chinese and local employees steer a large concrete rail-bridge structure onto towering support piers. In the distance, trucks filled with delivery containers grumble down a highway.
The bridge at Voi, northwest of the port of Mombasa, is the latest construct frontline for the first 327 billion-shilling ($3.2 billion) stretch of an ambitious railway project to connect the East African nation with landlocked next-door neighbors consisting of Rwanda as well as Uganda. As a much faster alternate to trucks congesting the only road running inland to the capital, the Chinese-built and also -funded standard-gauge railway, called the SGR, has the prospective to change trade in the area.
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