The government is in the process of upgrading into bitumen standards the 97 Km all weather road connecting Masalani in Ijara Sub-county, Garissa to Gamba in Garsen, Tana River County at a cost of Sh1.3 billion.
According to Ijara Sub-county Works Coordinator Engineer Mohamed Nuriye the road being undertaken by the Kenya Rural Road Authority (KERA) is now about 50 per cent complete.
Eng. Nuriye urged the project constructor to ensure the road is done before the onset of the long rainy season in April.
The road, when complete will link up the North Eastern Kenya with the coastal counties, hence spurring development in the region.
The project will also ease the perennial communication problem occasioned by flooding of River Tana along the Western Bank at Boji area when the river overflows during the rainy season.
The upgrading of the Masalani-Gamba Road is part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda on infrastructural development that will also encompass his legacy in the region before leaving office in 2022.
The project is part of the President’s promises when he toured the area on February 15th last year.
When complete, the mega project will equally ease movement of people and goods between the two regions as well as other parts of the country.
By Mohamed Dahir