Preparations for dualing of Kenol-Sagana- Marua road in central Kenya are now complete and construction works are expected to commence any time.
The Transport Cabinet Secretary (CS), James Macharia said the dual carriage road will be done in two phases, one from Kenol to Sagana and the other from Sagana to Marua in Nyeri County.
He said the two phases will commence simultaneously so as to hasten completion of the road before 2022.
Speaking at Murang’a South ACK Cathedral on Sunday, the CS said President Uhuru Kenyatta will soon commission construction of the 135-kilometre dual carriage road.
“The road will connect the Northern Corridor from Thika with the ongoing LAPPSET project and open northern parts of the country as it will provide agriculturalists and traders from central Kenya with easy access to markets in Nairobi and other parts of northern Kenya,” noted Macharia.
The CS explained the Sh30 billion road will open up central region counties and spur economic growth as it will hasten transportation of people and produce.
“The President will commission the dual carriage road and also the Mau Mau road which will connect Murang’a, Nyeri, Kiambu and Nyandarua counties,” he said
The dual carriage road funded by African Development Bank and the government of Kenya, will later be extended to Isiolo from Marua.
On the Mau Mau road, the CS said it will border the Aberdare forests and will facilitate easy connection from east and west parts of the forests.
“The 154-kilometre road will cut across Aberdare forests from Gatanga constituency to Njambini in Nyandarua and then shorten the route to Naivasha from Murang’a and Nyeri counties,” added the CS.
“The Mau Mau road will also have other feeder roads which will connect towns near Aberdare forests,” noted Macharia, adding that the feeder roads will increase length of the road to about 450 kilometres.
“Once completed the roads will greatly improve livelihoods to the people in central Kenya,” he said.
The CS accompanied by his counterparts, Dr. Fred Matiang’i (Interior) and Joe Mucheru (ICT) who represented the President at the church function.
By Bernard Munyao