The construction of the 115 kilometers Barpelo-Tot-Marich Pass Road that passes through Baringo County, Elgeyo Marakwet County, and West Pokot County connecting Kitale-Lodwar-South Sudan Highway at Marich Pass and the Nairobi-Malaba Highway at Nakuru, is set to begin in January 2022.
This was revealed by Eng. Wangai Ndirangu, Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) Board Chairman during a stakeholder’s consultative meeting held at Lake Bogoria Spa Resort in Marigat, Baringo County. The meeting was attended by KeNHA officials and Baringo leaders led by Senator Gideon Moi and Governor Stanley Kiptis.
“The contractor is on-site, has mobilized equipment, and is undertaking the final stages of design review,” said the KeNHA Board Chairman adding that the project is expected to be completed within a period of 36 months.
Other than the main road the project will also see the construction of peace museums at Barpelo and Kubasi River to celebrate cultures of the people living within the three counties, and free and ample parking bays for heavy commercial vehicles plying the route at Barpelo, Tot, and Sigor as part of the authority’s corporate social responsibility and as a way of encouraging safe behavior by truck drivers so that after a long trip, they are able to take a rest before proceeding.
Significance of the Barpelo-Tot-Marich Pass Road
Eng. Ndirangu explained this project as a government fulfillment of the promise to the people of North Rift to open up the road all the way from Nakuru through Marigat, Chemolingot to Marich Pass, and onwards to South Sudan.
The road will go a long way in opening up the region bedeviled with cattle rustling and banditry menace for socio-economic development, and shorten the distance between Nakuru, Lodwar and beyond by 70 kilometers thus saving travelers the agony of having to pass through Kapenguria and Eldoret en route to Nairobi.