The world is shrinking in size. And once development takes place, even far flung countries want a pie of the advanced infrastructure. Following this is the construction of Kenya’s first 8-lane highway. The construction of an eight-lane highway on Thika Road in Kenya begins on Monday. This follows the Government’s signing of a (Shilling) Sh27 billion contract with three Chinese road construction firms.
Acting Roads Minister Chris Obure, yesterday said the construction of the first modern highway in East and Central Africa will take 30 months to complete.
Obure said the 50.4km highway expansion project would open a new chapter in the construction of roads.Chinese firms, China Wu Yi Company, Synohydro Corporation Ltd and Shengli Engineering Construction, have been contracted for the project.
The minister also said his ministry would work with that of the Nairobi Metropolitan Development to re-plan roads in the city to ensure parking yards are outside the central business district.
He said the Government was also planning a major expansion of the Outering Road, which connects Mombasa Road and Uhuru Highway to Thika Road.
Kangundo Road, Bomas–Ongata Rongai, Langata, Jogoo, Juja, Kiambu, Limuru, Waiyaki Way and Mbagathi/Valley roads are among those whose expansion programmes the minister said donors have agreed to fund.
Funds for the construction of the Northern, Eastern and Southern by-passes have been set aside.
He said the European Community and the African Development Bank are among the main donors.
"I hate seeing damages associated with demolitions when we are preparing to start a road project, but I want Kenyans to know roads cannot be built on air, we shall demolish encroaching structures because we want to build roads," Obure said.
The Government has now put more emphasis on road constructions and three state agencies have been created to handle the planning and building of various roads.
Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA), Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) and Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA) will now take charge of various clusters of roads after they were created a few months ago.
On Thursday, the Government appointed Meshack Otieno, Joseph ole Nkadayo and Mwangi Maingi as Director Generals of the road authorities.
Source : www.eastandard.net