A donor funding agency in the United Kingdom, Sustainable Urban Economic Development (SUED) has engaged the services of Hutkins Consultancy Company to help in the implementation of various urban and rural projects in Uasin Gishu County.
Last week, Uasin Gishu County Roads, Transport and Public Works CECM Eng. Gideon Birir held a consultative meeting with a team from the Consultancy Company to discuss transport planning of Eldoret town and its environs.
Speaking to the Press today Eng. Birir said the agenda of the meeting was to identify roads that need improvement in terms of missing links to bolster the manufacturing sector as well as aid in the value addition of crops and other agricultural products as well as improving mobility in urban areas in the county.
”We discussed the impact of the Eldoret Northern bypass that is under Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) to see how to leverage on the ring roads to serve the overall transport and connectivity of Eldoret town with the rural areas the bypass traverses,” Birir said.
“In the rural sector, he said they will look at how to improve the connectivity in terms of doing more bridges and opening of roads in productive areas where farmers plant coffee, avocado, and macadamia and engage in dairy products.
The improved road infrastructure will enable farmers to move their products to markets and processing areas, in urban areas, the focus will be on improving junctions to enable smooth flow of traffic within congested intersections, “said Birir.
The comments captured from the roads, transport, and public works department will guide in the visibility and the ultimate design and implementation of the projects.
”We had good deliberations and informed them of the county plans and priorities and Hutkins Company and the team promised to work with us and to make Uasin Gishu a better place for production and value addition,” Eng. Birir reiterated.
By Kiptanui Cherono