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Sand trucks warned against overloading along a tourist road

By Robert Kiplagat | October 30th 2020 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

Security agencies in Narok have issued a stern warning to truck drivers plying the newly-constructed Narok-Sekenani road.

Area County Commissioner Evans Achoki who is also the Narok County Development implementation coordination committee Chair blamed the trucks for the destruction of roads saying they overload their trucks with sand.

Speaking after an inspection tour of the 82 km, Sh2.2 Billion Narok-Sekenani road, Mr. Achoki who led the team during an inspection tour appreciated the timely works promising to meet all sand harvesters to discuss matters with the road.

Achoki said a weighbridge shall be constructed for check and allow legal tonnage since the road is key in the tourism sector.

"As the county development implementation committee, we are satisfied with the progress of this road. All we are gearing to is its maintenance for durability," said Mr. Achoki.

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He called on locals leaving along the road to be responsible and report any cases of road vandalism along the busy road.

According to Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) Eng. Evans Kinyua the resident Engineer of the road which got completed in January this year said the works will go a long way to save man-hours on movement at the same time promote growth in the area.

Kinyua echoed Achoki’s sentiments emphasizing the need to tame overloading through a virtual weighbridge to curb corruption against compliance rules which he said will otherwise lead to the destruction of the new road.

He said the first 23 km of the road has been rehabilitated with the rest 59 through finality with new bitumen construction works.

The road is a key tourist road that connects to the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve and has eased access.

Normal drive to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve previously took almost five hours but now it takes two hours with most businesses set to grow and some in the boarding sector set lower rates at a nose-dive due to fast accessibility to cheaper areas.

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