Kiambu County government has graded 100kms of access roads in remote villages this year, in efforts to ease accessibility challenges to the rural areas.
Governor James Nyoro said Ngoliba, Gatuanyaga, Thika town have each benefitted from 20kms of graded roads while Juja Sub County has got several other graded roads, ending years of suffering due to pathetic roads for the rural residents.
Speaking after commissioning of the tarmacking of 20kms Ngoingwa roads in Thika, Nyoro said the roads have been immotorable especially during rainy seasons, inconveniencing residents.
He said the roads have been graded to the required standard by county graders at a minimum cost.
He said the grading works sought to compliment the many ongoing road tarmacking projects in the County being undertaken by the national government.
Some of the roads include the Juja-Mastore-Juja Farm Road that is set to stretch to the remote Athi Villages in Juja Sub County and terminate at the Thika-Garissa Highway.
It was launched by the national government last year and already four of the 31 kms stretch from Juja town to Mastore is complete, with excavations on the remaining sections ongoing.
Once complete, the road will act as a bypass as vehicles plying Nairobi-Garissa Highway will branch at Juja town, avoiding entering Thika town. The road is expected to ease traffic in Thika as well as open up the remote area of Juja Farm and Athi.
Another road that is undergoing tarmacking passes through Muguga, Ngurai, Munyu, Githima, Kang’oki and Kisii, then back to the Thika-Garissa highway, with excavations ongoing.
It is being tarmacked at a cost of Sh1 Billion. “The tarmacking of these roads is ongoing and they will open up the remote villages in Juja and Thika East Sub County to development. They will also ease traffic in Thika town as well as ease accessibility in the said areas,” said Nyoro.
The government has also rehabilitated major roads in Thika town, easing traffic and providing a better business environment to residents. Among the roads are Kenyatta Highway, General Kago road, Mama Ngina street among others.
The project is among the Sh300 million projects being undertaken within Thika municipality that have been funded by the World Bank through the Kenya Urban Support Programme.
By Muoki Charles