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Residents happy with rumble strips on highway

Road users of the Meru-Nanyuki Highway have lauded the Kenya Highways Authority for the erection of rumble strips on the busy highway near Gitoro Pastoral Conference Centre.

They say the speed barriers that were erected weeks ago have helped to bring sanity among motorists that were fond of speeding as they headed towards and from Makutano Shopping centre thus causing panic among pedestrians.

Those contacted expressed their satisfaction saying the move was long overdue since those crossing the road always found it difficult because of speeding motorists on the straight road.

“Although we have two bumps – one at Gitoro Primary School and another close to Makutano Shopping centre – some motorists accelerate in between causing a lot of fear among other road users,” noted John Mwirigi.

He said the place indeed needed another bump to make motorists slow down since the area usually experiences a lot of human movements because of the various learning institutions such as the Meru National Polytechnic, Gitoro Primary School, Meru Saleem Academy among others around the place.

There is also a diversion to Kinoru stadium and Kinoru Primary and Secondary schools hence the bumps will give those wanting to access the facilities ample time to cross or divert.

“It is now safer for our children when they reopen schools unlike before when we parents had to accompany them to help them cross the road safely,” stated Mwirigi.

Motorists on their part are appealing to the authority to mount a road sign to indicate the presence of the bumps so that those visiting the region for the first time may note them.

The section falls within the highway that is earmarked for the construction of a dual carriageway to help ease traffic jams in Meru Town.

By Richard Muhambe

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