The County Government has embarked on the improvement and accessibility of earth roads within Nyeri County.
Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga, speaking at his office today said in the current 2020/2021 financial year, the county government has set aside about Sh450 million which will be used to upgrade 250 kilometres of roads across all the 30 wards.
Mutahi said the planned programme will lead to improvement of Nyeri County’s economy through easing the transportation of goods and movement of people, hence, improving revenue streams for the devolved unit from trade.
The Governor said good road network make a crucial contribution to the socio-economic development and growth of a region.
He said that the project will also create employment for thousands of Nyeri youth who will be involved in upgrading of the roads.
“We want a robust road network which will allow our people to conduct their trading businesses as they should,” said Mutahi.
The works being done by the Department of Transport, Infrastructure, Public Works and Energy will start immediately and will be completed by June this year, which is the end of the current financial year.
Transport Chief Officer Julius Ringera said Kenya Roads Board will upgrade 95.7 kilometres to gravel standard around the county.
He also added that the department is constructing 12 bridges in the county at a cost of Sh37 million adding that the bridges will help improve the local economy and quality of life by providing a safer and quicker means of transportation.
By Beth Ndirangu