Accident mitigating facilities to be built at Salgaa black spot

Nakuru County has released Shs.13 million for the construction of amenities to mitigate road carnage at Salgaa accident black spot along the Nakuru-Eldoret Highway.

Nakuru County Deputy Governor, Joseph Rutto says the money will fund the construction of a modern long distance trucks parking bay at a tune of Shs. 6 million while the construction of street and security lights along the area will cost Shs. 1.2 million.

Speaking on Monday in Salgaa town after a public participation forum organized by the county government, Rutto said the county government will also spend another Shs. 6 million on the construction of waste water infrastructure along the parking bay to avert damage of the facility by waste water.

Rutto further said that the county government will in the next financial year spend Shs. 1.2 billion on an ultra modern trauma center to handling major injuries along the highway.

The deputy governor’s visit comes as a long awaited reprieve among residents of the notorious Salgaa area after a protracted push and shove between the residents and the County Government over a 40 acre parcel of land on which to build a parking bay for trucks and lorries and an ultra modern trauma center for road accident victims.

Rutto urged the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) to consider Salgaa accident black spot as a leading killer stretch of the Kenyan road network and put up infrastructure that will aid in mitigating road accidents.

Nakuru County Nominated Senator, Lisa Chelule said the stalemate over the construction of the amenities was resolved amicably with the restive citizens.

She called on the County Government to engage citizens in the conceptualization and execution of development projects to avert conflict which she said, delayed development at the expense of citizens.

Majority leader of the Nakuru County Assembly, John Mwaura called on the County Government to fast track the projects which he said are long overdue.

Mwaura said the trauma center which will double up as a wellness center, will not only be useful to accident victims along the killer highway but will also provide healthcare services to citizens traveling to other parts of the country along the Western corridor.

By Esther Mwangi

Source: Kenya News Agency