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Meru County to use cobblestones to build roads in towns

By Phares Mutembei | Published Tue, May 1st 2018 at 00:00, Updated April 30th 2018 at 19:54 GMT +3
Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi
Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi

The Meru county government plans to construct roads in urban areas using cobblestones.

The administration will partner with the Kenya Institute of Highways and Building Technology to pave roads in Meru, Nkubu, Maua, and other urban areas.

Roads executive Julius Taitumu said a pilot project was being undertaken in Makutano.

The 280-metre street at Makutano is being paved with cobblestones in readiness for the rolling out of works in various parts of the county. The pilot road is expected to be ready in the next two weeks.

The institute will train graduates from the Youth Service camp in Meru to pave the roads.

“Paving roads with cobblestones is labour-intensive, so the aim is to deploy the Youth Service in doing the works, which will also earn them income,” said the executive.

The first batch of 900 youths graduate later this week.

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Mr Taitumu said cobblestones were durable and would ensure that all the urban areas were dust-free.

“Our major focus will be on the towns. Our streets and market areas will be dust and mud-free for long periods because roads built with cobblestones have been found to be long-lasting,” Taitumu added.

Use of cobblestones on roads is not widespread, although the stones are said to be some of the strongest materials for roads.

In Europe, some roads built centuries ago using cobblestones still exist and require minimal maintenance.

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