Government to open North Rift counties – Kenya News Agency
Residents of Turkana, West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet counties will travel and transport their goods from next year to Nakuru, Nairobi and other places without having to go through Kitale and Eldoret.
County Development Implementation and Coordination Committee, CDICC Secretary Timothy Kilimo said the government wants the 2.9 billion shillings Iten-Nyaru road and Nyaru-Kamwosor road to be completed. , as this will significantly reduce the distance to Nakuru and other towns.
Kilimo, who is also the director of the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU), said the road will join the Iten Cheptongei road connecting the Kapsait-Kamatira road to West Pokot before heading towards Lodwar.
The Iten-Nyaru road will be completed by June of next year while the Nyaru Kamwosor Road, which connects Elgeyo Marakwet County to Baringo County, is expected to be completed by November this year, according to the resident engineer Franklin Kipyator.
Ing. Kipyator, who is also the regional director of the North Rift Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), said the Iten-Nyaru road, started in November 2016, was due for completion in May 2019.
The regional director told the (CDICC) that the extension was caused by the increase in the total number of kilometers traveled from 54 km to 76.4 km.
“The Nyaru-Iten road which is being upgraded to bitumen covers 54 km, we also have 10 km of secondary roads which will connect the main road to the technical training institutes of Kipsoen and Chepkorio and an additional 12.8 km of roads access including one to Kamariny stadium, “he said.
The resident engineer said the access roads to various public institutions, especially schools, will have a huge impact on the community.
He said the main challenge in building the Iten-Nyaru road was cash flow, but said they advised contractor M / s SCC International Engineering (K) Co. to look for others. sources of funding pending payment of balances. by the government.
The government has also started maintenance of the Kapcherop-Kapyego-Chesongoch-Tot road at a cost of 143 million shillings.
Once completed, the road will open up the area and allow farmers who mainly cultivate potatoes to easily transport their produce to markets, according to engineer Kipyator.
The road, he said, is prone to landslides and therefore some of the major works will include stone pitching, gabion protection, culvert installation and drainage works, among others.
By Alice Wanjiru