The Chairman of the Kiambu County Development Implementation Coordination Committee (CDICC) Mr Wilson Wanyanga has lauded the contractors who are constructing Mau-Mau Road in Kiambu County for their strategic rollout of the project.
Mau Mau road currently under construction since April 28, 2020 traverses 4 Counties of Nyandarua Nyeri, Murang’a and Kiambu.
On completion, it is envisaged that the road will open up the 4 Counties and also go a long way to decongest Nakuru-Nairobi Highway as some vehicles will not use the road to reach the capital city of Nairobi.
Mr Wanyanga who is also Kiambu County Commissioner during a site visit of the project by the (CDICC) yesterday urged the contractors to meet the set target of completing and delivering the said project within the set deadlines.
He also advised them to liaise with his office closely so as to address any challenges as they progress on with the ambitious project of international standards.
The contract of LOT 1 A project was awarded to China Wu Yi Company limited on 30th December 2019. The scope of the project comprises upgrading to bitumen standards of about 105.0km.
The project covers Lari and Githunguri Sub-Counties with the main spine commencing at Gataka in Githunguri and stretching Southwards through Gataka, Gatina, Gwa Kariuki, Gitiha, Mathanja, Iria-ini, Kagaa, Matimbei ending at Kamahindu in Lari Sub-County and covers 22km.
LOT 1B of the project was awarded to China Railway Seventh Group Company Limited on 21st April 2020 and the scope comprises upgrading to bitumen standard of about 112.6km. 97 per cent is in Kiambu County while 3 per cent is in Murang’a County.
The main spine for LOT B commences at Kamahindu in Lari Sub-County and moves Northwards through Mundoro, Wangui, Uchekeini, Gaitete, Kamunyaka and Mataara in Gatundu North and terminates at the junction with B20 in Gatanga Sub-County, Murang’a County.
Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) is spearheading the construction work by coordinating the various departments on the project which is financed by the government of Kenya.
During a stopover at Gataka in Githunguri Sub-County, the Chairman expressed his satisfaction at the speed the contractors had moved and the ingenuity they had exhibited of ensuring completion of the road by working in 3 different parts simultaneously.
Engineer James Mwitari from KeNHA explained that the project commenced on 28th April 2020 and had a contract time frame of 36 months to complete the road network.
“LOT 1A contractor has more manpower with a team inclusive of material engineers, sociologist, environmentalist, designers and a site agent to help the client manage the project,” said Engineer Mwitari.
The team from KeNHA said that they have a good team working on the project and pledged to support and facilitate the contractors to ensure the project was complete and that interventions from other government agencies have been of help and that the spirit would ensure that the project was completed within the timelines.
By Lydia Shiloya and Velma Mukhwana