Construction of Ugunja-Ukwala-Rwambwa road kicks off

The construction of Sh 1.24 billion Ugunja-Ukwala-Rwambwa road in Siaya county is scheduled to kick off any time following awarding of contract to a Chinese firm.

Director general of the Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) Peter Mundinia says already the contractor; Chinese Overseas Engineering Construction Company was mobilising resources ready to kick off construction works that will see the 28 kilometre road that traverses Siaya and Busia counties improved to bitumen standards.

Mundinia, who was addressing the media on Saturday after leading top KENHA and COVEC officials on an inspection tour of the road said the contractor was expected to complete the works within 30 months.

We will spend colossal amount on this road and we expect the contractor to give us quality work, he said, adding that KENHA was committed to ensuring better transport corridors in the country.

The director general said that apart from the major trunk roads, KENHA would also strive to connect the hinterland to enable Kenyans improve their economic livelihoods by engaging in trade.

Mundinia said that the corporation has mobilised another contractor to undertake the finishing works on the Uludhi Bridge that connects Ugunja and Siaya towns.

Construction of the bridge has stalled for close to four years now, forcing motorists to use an old, colonial one that was not stable.

We are expecting the contractor to be on site within the next two weeks to do maintenance of the potholes along the Siaya � Ugunja road, he said.

The director general instructed regional managers to ensure that all illegal bumps were removed from the major roads and that those erected must be standardized with appropriate signs.

Source: Kenya News Agency