Construction of a dual carriageway from Kenol town in Murang’a to Sagana along Nairobi-Nyeri road has kicked off. The contractor has already done site clearing and topsoil stripping for 17 kilometres from Kenol town.Murang’a County Development Implementation and Coordination Committee (CDICC) said the contractor is mobilizing equipment and personnel.
The contractor will work on the 49-kilometre section of the road.The dual carriage road is funded by African Development Bank and the Government of Kenya at the tune of Ksh8.5 billion and is expected to take 36 months.The contractor, Jiangxi Transportation Engineering Group, said the works were slowed down by the ongoing rains but assured that the works would be accelerated once the rains subsidize.
The government has committed to construct the dual carriage from Kenol to Marua in Nyeri with the second phase earmarked to start from Sagana by next year.Recently when Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia visited Murang’a, he observed that expanding the road will boost economic activities between Nairobi and northern parts of Kenya.The plan is to have the dual carriage extend to Isiolo county and connect with the LAPPSET.
Local residents have hailed the project saying it will ease traffic between Sagana and Kenol.The chairman of the CDICC Mohammed Barre assured the contractor of maximum security during the construction. “We will continue monitoring the progress of this road until we are sure it will be completed in the given time. Security officers will be on the ground to provide needed security and protect construction materials,” he added.
Besides, the government is also constructing Mau Mau Road, which links counties in the east and west of Aberdare forest. The 500-kilometre road which will cost Ksh30 billion is earmarked to spur economic growth between Mount Kenya and Rift Valley regions.