Kiambu County Government has commenced grading and murruming if 15kms roads in Gatuanyaga, Thika East Sub County, ending years of movement challenges on deplorable roads.
This will be a relief to residents who have been made to use immotorable and inaccessible roads damaged by a fleet of trucks that ferry building stones from the many quarries in the area.
The ward does not have any inch of tarmac road other than the section on the Thika-Garissa Road, with residents feeling marginalized by current and past regimes.
Kiambu Governor James Nyoro while commissioning the grading of six roads yesterday said works will be completed in three weeks’ time.
He said inspections will be made to ensure the roads are graded to the required standards to ensure they do not wear out fast by the overweight trucks.
He said they have procured graders and excavators to grade access roads in the county in efforts to improve accessibility.
“Our plan is to improve the county’s infrastructural development. We know Gatuanyaga has been marginalized for a long time and that’s why we have prioritized murruming roads in the area,” said Nyoro.
Residents lauded the project saying it would ease the difficulties that they have faced while accessing services.
“Accessibility of hospitals, markets and other services will improve. Vehicles and motorbikes have been wearing out fast due to poor roads. The improvement of the roads will be a big relief,” said Peter Kinyua, a resident.
Nyoro also said the tarmacking of Sh3.9 billion road that connects Juja-Juja farm _Matangi-Munyu-Githima- Garissa highway meant to link Juja and Thika constituencies is ongoing.
Already 4kms of government-funded road have been completed, with works to complete the remaining 28kms ongoing.
The road is meant to open up the ward, as it will act as a bypass for vehicles connecting Thika superhighway to the Thika-Garissa Road.
It will also end the decades of a perennial headache to residents over its poor state, enhance connectivity, ease traffic in Thika town as well as open up the Gatuanyaga area to business.
By Muoki Charles