The 15-kilometers Thika Town Bypass road, traversing Kiambu, Murang’a, Machakos, and Nyandarua counties, has recently attained a 70% completion rate and it is expected to be ready for use by June this year.
The road construction started two years ago with Tosha Holding Limited, one of the leading companies in construction works across East and Central Africa, as the contractor under the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), a state corporation with a core mandate of managing, developing, rehabilitating and maintaining national urban trunk roads.
Economic growth and reduction of traffic congestions
According to Patrick Wainaina and Joseph Nduati, the members of parliament for Thika Town and Gatanga respectively, the over US$ 16m project will not only spur economic developments in the region but also see a massive reduction of traffic snarl-ups that have hampered business activities for years.
The legislators maintained that the two constituencies host both large-scale and small-scale farming firms and industries whose products will now be moved to the market with ease owing to the project.
Link roads have also been established to further ease the movements of goods and services. For example, the stretch from Thika to Delmonte Limited Company and another one passing through Broadway and Gachagi slums are expected to further ease movements of goods and services from and out of Thika town.
While lauding the current government led by President Uhuru Kenyatta for initiating the milestone projects in the area, the Member of Parliament for Thika constituency further revealed plans by the national government to upgrade the busy Thika-Garissa road to a dual carriage.