The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has introduced a strategy meant to safeguard road assets from vandalism.
The Road Corridor Management strategy will see the authority streamline the monitoring of highways to curb overloading, vandalism and protect road infrastructure.
KeNHA will monitor the main highway corridors in three teams.
Corridor one will comprise Mombasa to Athi River, Emali to Loitoktok, Namanga to Rironi and the Nairobi Southern bypass totalling 775km, while corridor two will comprise Rironi to Malaba, Rironi to Kisii and Mau Summit to Kisumu and Busia totalling 838km. Corridor three will comprise Nairobi to Moyale and Thika to Liboi totalling 1,337km.
During a briefing, KeNHA Director General Peter Mundinia said this plan would not only safeguard 2,950km of the road network but also the other 14,000km under the authority's jurisdiction.
"Adopting this new approach from maintenance to road asset management is driven by both a growing recognition of the importance of the corridors, and by the increased focus on performance management of the road network, which will ensure efficient customer service delivery by offering quality road standards," he said.
The said teams will oversee activities such as road surface dressing, pothole patching, erecting of signs and markings along the corridors, bush clearing on the road sides to enhance safety and clearing of storm drainage.
The teams will work closely with the Axle Load Enforcement Control Unit to identify major overloading patterns and contain the deterioration of roads.