Good road networks make a crucial contribution to the socio-economic development and growth of a region while the benefits derived from good infrastructure are immense.
In addition, well developed road networks provide access to employment opportunities, social amenities, health and education services which are crucial in fighting against poverty within a society.
To this end, the County Government of Nyeri under the stewardship of Governor H.E Mutahi Kahiga has embarked on the improvement and accessibility of earth roads within the county. The governor noted that this is a planned programme which will lead to improvement of Nyeri County’s economy through easing the transportation of goods and movement of people, consequently, improving revenue streams from trade. The project will also create employment for thousands of Nyeri youth who will be involved in upgrading of the roads.
“We want a robust networking which will allow our people to conduct their trading businesses as they should,” he noted.
In the current 2020/2021 financial year, the county government has set aside about Kshs. 450 million which will upgrade about 250 Kilometres of roads across all the 30 wards.
The work being done by the Department of Transport, Infrastructure, Public Works and Energy will start immediately and will be completed by June this year, which is the end of the current financial year.
Further, the county government jointly with the Kenya Roads Board will start the first phase of upgrading Dominion Church – Ngangarithi trading centre- Muthaiga road in Nyeri town to bitumen standard at a cost of Kshs. 15 million. This will involve the laying of the basement, culvert and drainage improvement.
Transport Chief Officer Julius Ringera said KRB will also further upgrade 95.7 kilometres to gravel standards around the county.
At the same time, the department is also constructing 12 bridges in the county at a cost of Kshs. 37 million.
The bridges will help improve the local economy and quality of life by providing a safer and quicker means of transportation.
Some of the proposed bridges include: Chania Footbridge, Mahiga / Wamagana Footbridge, Gachatha Kwa Duncan Double Box Culvert, Kahachu-Kahutini Double Box Culvert, Mukaburo Box Culvert, Gikono Box Culvert, Gatiki- Gathagana Footbridge, Lusoi Single Box Culvert, Hakamune Footbridge, Kianjiru Footbridge, Ria Gititu Single Box Culvert and Gitegi – Kamuriga Box Culvert.
To ensure free flow of water at both Meeting Point area and Nyeri County Assembly in Ruring’u ward, the department has set aside Kshs. 9.5 million to improve the drainage system. This will stop perennial flooding that has been experienced during the rainy season.
For the last three years, 13 kilometres of road have been tarmacked.
To ensure an orderly urban life and to attract visitors and investors, the department has developed a good parking management system in the county’s major towns. Nyeri and Karatina town’s main streets and parking areas have been re-carpeted with tarmac or cabro paving blocks making the major towns cleaner and more organized.
Also, Mukurwe-ini and Mweiga bus parks which were upgraded using cabro- paving blocks have contributed greatly to the betterment of these towns.