Two Murang’a leaders want the government to make the Kenol – Murang’a – Sagana road a duo carriage way.
Senator Irungu Kang’ata has said he had talked with President Uhuru Kenyatta to help in making the 41-kilometre road a highway.
Kang’ata said making the road a duo carriage will help in bringing in more investments to Murang’a town as well as easy transportation of farm produce.
The road occasionally experiences traffic snarl-ups especially when motorists from Nyeri, Kirinyaga among other counties opt to use the route as it acts as a bypass of Kenol –Sagana road.
Kang’ata who was backed by Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro also appreciated on-going works of making Kenol-Sagana road a duo carriage saying there was heavy traffic along the road.
“I have talked with the president about this road from Kenol to Murang’a which extends to Sagana to have it made a duo carriage. The upgrade of the road will help growth of Murang’a town,” added the senator on Friday.
Calls to have the road upgraded started in 2015, when former Murang’a senator Kembi Gitura lobbied other local leaders to push for allocation of funds to have the road made a duo carriage.
The road serves other neighbouring counties including Nyeri via Kiriaini market and Kirinyaga County which connects to Murang’a through Sagana.
Making the road a duo carriage will also benefit motorists travelling to other Mount Kenya regions including Laikipia, Meru and Isiolo counties.
Population in Murang’a town, Kang’ata noted was increasing and some of workers in Nairobi stay in Murang’a.
A university which was established in the town has also occasioned increase of population in the town.
On his part, Nyoro said rehabilitation of Murang’a–Kiriaini road had commenced saying the work will take less than two years.
The road, Nyoro added, had been a big challenge to motorists after development of numerous potholes saying Deputy president Dr. William Ruto promised to have Sh700 million allocated to rehabilitate and expand the road.
“Rehabilitation of Murang’a – Kiriaini road had started and we expect the work not to take more than two years. People using the road have suffered for long and motorists have incurred huge expenses in servicing their vehicles,” added the lawmaker.
By Bernard Munyao