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Key highway to be completed next month

Construction of the 65 kilometer highway that opens up Samburu to other counties will be completed by February 20, Infrastructure Principal Secretary (PS) Paul Maringa has said.

Speaking today in Maralal town after an  inspection tour of the road, Prof Maringa said that construction material for the remaining 12km have already been supplied expressing optimism that the Sh2.6 billion project will be complete to open up Maralal town to other towns by end of next month.

“We have allowed ourselves tolerance of five days, so we should have the road’s construction completed by 20th February this year and we expect the road to be complete with markings, signage,” he said.

He added that the project will engage in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities upon its completion to benefit the community as per the request from local leaders.

“There was a request from the local leaders that the project should benefit the community directly through water for schools and water pans for communities and we will meet here in February to ensure that those CSR projects are initiated,” Prof Maringa said.

The PS said that upon reaching Maralal town, the tarmac will be extend by three kilometers to reach the Maralal Referral Hospital, Law courts and government offices.

“We want to ensure that you don’t drive on a very good tarmac road and end up in a dusty town,” he added.

By Robert Githu

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