Works on dual carriage along notorious blackspot kick off
SEE ALSO :KeNHA drills tunnels to stem floodsThe Government through the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has allocated Sh748 million for rehabilitation of the stretch. According to KeNHA, the emergency road safety enhancement along the stretch-will begin at Kabarak Junction-to Salgaa trading centre and end at Kibunja. The Authority’s assistant director-corporate communication Charles Njogu said work has begun along the stretch that will be converted to a dual carriageway at the 10km climbing lane section. “The construct has been awarded to M/s China Railway No. 10 Engineering Company Limited at a cost of 748 Million,” he said during a media briefing. The work is fully financed by the Government via the Fuel Levy Fund. “In 12 months we expect the project to have been completed,” he said.
SEE ALSO :Search for Nakuru killer motorist onThe works include construction of minimum three emergency runaway truck rump, a lorry brakes temperature checking point and holding yard in Kibunja, the dual carriageway, widening of the Nyajanja Kamara bridge capacity to dual, erection of standard speed bumps and rubble strips to slow down motorists. “The project also involves road marking and erection of cat-eye reflectors to enhance visibility, road signs including informatory and warning signs and repair and installation of guardrails,” said the official. Motorists have welcomed the project saying dualling of Nairobi-Nakuru–Mau Summit road under public private partnership contract will ensure the entire road capacity and safety is improved. “It is one of Kenya’s most notorious road section that has left bitter memories to several families after it claimed lives of their loved ones. I lost a relative here in December last year and whenever I use this stretch, memories of what happened flood back,” said Jared Okeyo, a motorist. Several factors-not limited to the design of the road- the sharp corners, foggy weather and the speeding trailers freewheeling along the stretch have been blamed for the accidents.