, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 28 – Transit vehicles from Eldoret seeking to access the Kenya-Uganda border will now have an easier time after the completion of the rehabilitation of the Eldoret-Turbo-Webuye road along the Northern corridor route.
The road project which is under the northern corridor rehabilitation programme phase III was funded by the European Union and the government respectively at a cost of Sh3.4 billion which was later revised to sh5.4 billion due to additional scope of works.
The road project has seen the reconstruction of the existing climbing lanes alongside new ones, rehabilitation of 29.2 kilometers of the existing pavement, a full depth reconstruction of 11.8 km of the existing pavement to attain a carriageway.
The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) Design and construction Manager Engineer George Amingh urged the residents and motorists to play a role in road asset protection in order to safeguard people’s lives by curbing road accidents.
“I urge residents to desist from encroaching road reserves or erecting illegal bumps so as to carry out their trade, it is illegal and very dangerous to your lives,” he stated.
He pointed out that other works include the construction of road side trucks parking at Jua kali centre, improvement of existing drainage, new pipe and box culverts, construction of pedestrian walkways, traffic signs, road markings and guard rails.
“The Authority recently rolled out the Road Corridor Management strategy will see the Authority streamline the monitoring of the main highways in a bid to curb overloading, vandalism and protect the road infrastructure,” he said.
He further explained that the Authority will integrate CCTV surveillance systems and create job opportunities by employing people along the corridors as road inspectors to curb vandalism of the road assets.
He stated that works on this lot include extension of the carriage way and erection of the Matisi footbridge.
“At the start of these projects it became apparent that the envisaged rehabilitation operations in the design could no longer be tenable,” he said.
The road project is aiming to improve the roads, its facilities and road along the corridor as well as serving both local and the international community by linking Kenya Tanzania and South Sudan.
The Project is primed to raise the country’s economic profile in the region, enhance cross border trade and create a unified transport network within the region while increasing competitiveness and productivity within the East African Region.