Kirinyaga county adopts new road construction technology

Kirinyaga County Government has adopted the use of hardcore and quarry dust as the main building materials for roads instead of murram.

This is in an effort to have a more effective and efficient road construction technology to enhance the durability of rural access roads across the county.

County Executive Committee Member for Transport, Jared Migwi, has said that once the mixture is laid on a well-graded road, it is then compacted with a drum roller which gives it a compact and smooth finish.

“These materials cannot be easily washed away by storm water and roads constructed using this technology are more durable and can last for up to three years without repairs. This will not only give the taxpayers value for their money but will also save us money that can be used to cover more roads,” he said.

The Nyorosha Barabara Mashinani program, which was launched by Governor Anne Waiguru, is projected to cover more than 500km of roads across the county in the current financial year. So far 327km has been graded and more than 150 kilometers murrummed.

The governor said that the program aims at achieving well-drained all weather-access roads.

Mutithi area Member of County Assembly (MCA) Jinaro Jamumo commended the ongoing road rehabilitation works citing the efficiency of transportation of foodstuffs and real estate development as positive impacts of the program.

“People will always look for areas with developed infrastructure to settle in and we are happy that the rehabilitation of the ongoing road in our ward is attracting investors and settlers thereby raising the value of our land,” he said.

Lucy Wanja Karagu, a 70-year-old woman residing in the Canaan area on the outskirts of Kagio town narrated how the previous poor state of roads affected the area residents.

She said that while motor vehicles were unable to navigate around the estates, those who choose to use boda-bodas were not safe as they were prone to accidents due to the uneven nature and potholes that riddled the roads.

Her sentiments were echoed by Benson Kamau, a boda-boda rider from Kagio who says that business is now booming since they are able to easily access interior parts of the ward thus catering better to their customers.

“Whether there are rains or not, we are now carrying on with our business uninterrupted and we don’t risk having accidents due to bad roads,” he said.

He lauded Governor Waiguru for the initiative saying that she is fulfilling her promises to the county residents.

In Mutira Ward, coffee farmers are the major beneficiaries of the access roads projects. “The two-kilometer stretch from Giagatogo- Mbari Ya Tubii road as well as Kauiru Kiarugu-Kariiria road will help farmers delivering coffee to Mutitu Coffee factory by a great deal,” said Bosco Gichangi, a nominated MCA who hails from Mutira.

To improve on the efficiency of the in-house roads program, Waiguru during her last term procured road construction equipment that include five graders, 10 trucks-20tons, two excavators, one low bed/loader, one backhoe, two roller compactors and one water bowser.

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