The tarmacking of 30 kilometer access roads in Kiambu county’s Thika town in Kenya is on track. The project is part of ongoing infrastructural development in the country.
The government of Kenya has put in US $15m towards the project in bid to ease congestion and opene up the busy industrial town whose roads had become deplorable over the years.
Speaking during a tour to Mt Kenya University-Kenyatta Highway link road that is being tarmacked, Thika Constituency’s Member of Parliament Hon Patrick Wainaina said that the newly refurbished roads will improve accessibility and reduce the cost of investment to business men and women.
Most of the roads that are being tarmacked are used by heavy trailers to and from the many industries in the area and for this reason they make the roads to fall into ruin faster. The roads have been expanded to a width of approximately 7.5 meters, with walkways.
Hon Wainaina said that the contractors, all of whom are locals, have been instructed by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) to strictly use durable technologies in order to build roads that can last even up to 12 years.
The BAT-Kiganjo and the Athena-Witeithie-Thika Super Highway; a bypass intended to ease congestion on the busy Thika-Garissa Highway are some of the roads been tarmacked. The MP added that street lights will be installed along the roads to enhance security and also create a 24 hour economy.