Murang’a County- Sh500M set aside for road repairs

Murang'a Governor Mwangi wa Iria

Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria

The Kenya National Highway Authority (Kenha) has set aside Sh500 million for emergency repairs of roads destroyed during the rainy season.

Director General Engineer Meshack Kidenda said the emergency reinstatement would be done once the rains subside.

He said the ongoing heavy rains had destroyed many roads in all counties leading to losses worth billions of shillings.

Mr Kidenda was addressing the media Wednesday near Saba Saba town in Murang’a County during the inspection of the dilapidated Kenol-Murang’a road.

“We will be doing the repairs to make the roads passable for now with future plans to do serious repairs,” he said.

The engineer said the ongoing rains had slowed down the repair works on many roads in the country with works likely to be delayed for the next one month.

“The meteorological department has told us rains are likely to go on for the next one month and that is when repairs would begin,” said Mr Kidenda.

He also warned cow-boy contactors that they will be blacklisted because of shoddy work.

The Kenha director said the Kenol-Murang’a road would be temporarily done as an emergency measure but later reconstructed once rains subside.

However, only nine kilometres will be reconstructed and only the badly dilapidated areas would be targeted.

Mr Kidenda said the road would also not be upgraded to a dual-carriage way as earlier promised by politicians.

However, Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria insisted that the whole road be reconstructed noting that it was the only major road connecting Murang’a and Nairobi.

“This road is the ‘umbilical cord’ for Murang’a County and is used to transport a lot of farm produce and passengers so it must be repaired as soon as possible,” he said.

He challenged Kenha to ensure quality work was done on the road which is more than 30 years old.

The road has become impassable following the heavy rains with huge traffic jams experienced especially in the evening.

Several nasty accidents have also been experienced with over 50 people losing their lives and over 200 hundred more suffering serious injuries in the last two years.

The director said the road would be widened and road signs put up to prevent accidents.

Kenha Chairman Mrs Hannah Mureiithi said the authority was determined to ensure all roads are well maintained even after the rains.




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