The government has warned heavy trucks plying the newly built Sh1.3 Billion Kamuongo-Kandwia- Kyuso low volume road in Mwingi North against excessive tonnage detrimental to the road’s lifespan.
Speaking in Kyuso on Thursday during County Development Implementation Coordination Committee site visit, Kitui County Commissioner John Ondego implored limestone companies operating mines in the area to monitor their loads while using the road.
“Proper tonnage limit signage will be erected along the road. The maximum load on this road is ten tons. Those found flouting the regulations will be prosecuted,” cautioned Ondego.
The County Commissioner said that the low volume road has helped ease movement of people and goods in the area that is hampered during the rainy season.
‘This road was dilapidated following years of neglect and erosion during the wet season. It was impassable and locals had difficulty seeking medical services among other needs. Those challenges will be addressed when this road is completed,” said the County administrator.
He said that enforcement officers will be deployed along the road to carry out impromptu road axle weight checks of trucks to deter any user from excessive loads.
“Improving feeder roads that connect rural areas with main roads and urban centres contributes to inclusive economic growth by generating new low-skilled jobs and providing access to further employment opportunities,” said Ondego.
He decried that lack of reliable roads is affecting the nation’s economic growth, as it prevents rural communities from accessing essential products and public services, such as education, healthcare, water, and markets to sell crops and goods.
The County Commissioner said the development and maintenance of physical infrastructure, especially feeder roads is a prerequisite for rapid economic growth and poverty reduction in the country.
In the long-term, Ondego disclosed that rural road developments are expected to lead to improvements in agricultural productivity due to better access to food, labour and inputs.
The road network’s operating condition in Kitui has suffered from inadequate maintenance, repair and rehabilitation for decades.
The County Boss observed that the government is investing in the rehabilitation of feeder roads by awarding qualified local contractors tenders to showcase their acumen in road construction rather than relying on multinationals.