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KeNHA moves ease perennial traffic jam in Thika town

By Kamau Maichuhie | Published Tue, August 7th 2018 at 00:00, Updated August 6th 2018 at 22:54 GMT +3
Thika MP Patrick Wainaina (in black cap and reflector jacket) speaking with Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) officials at Makongeni during a tour to see the progress of the expansion of Thika-Garrisa Highway. The agency is constructing an additional service lane from Thika-Superhighway to Makongeni to ease perrenial traffic jam normally witnessed in the area. [Kamau Maichuhie, Standard]

A State agency plans to end perennial traffic jams in Thika town and its environs.

The Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) has launched the expansion of Thika-Garissa road, between Mangu flyover and Makongeni's Annas Mall.

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The construction of the seven-kilometre stretch will see an extra service lane added on both sides.

KeNHA's Grace Mathai, who is in-charge of Thika-Garissa road, said the expansion is aimed at easing traffic snarl-ups on Thika Superhighway-Gatitu junction-Makongeni.

“The new service lanes will be graveled to murram standard as we wait for more funding to tarmac the road. It (project) will be completed in the next two months," said Ms Mathai.

She appealed to business operators who had put up structures on the road reserve to remove them to give way for the project.

The official said they were working with Kenya Power and Thika Water and Sewerage Company to remove power lines and water pipes on the road reserve.

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Thika MP Patrick Wainaina commended the expansion work by the agency and called on locals to support the project since it was meant for public good.

The project comes after the Government announced it had set aside Sh1.5 billion for construction of two bypasses in Thika town. The first phase will see construction of a 10km bypass, while the second phase is a 15km stretch.

 

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