A section of the Kainuk Bridge in Turkana south sub county which is the main link between Kitale and South Sudan was washed away by heavy rainfall on Friday causing a transportation scare to Turkana county residents.
Residents expressed fear that if the road is rendered impassable, they will not be able to access goods especially food which is mainly transported from Kitale.
Vehicles from Kitale are now forced to use a diversion to gain access to Kainuk which is the first border town along the Kitale-south Sudan highway.
The County Executive Committee for Roads and Transport, Tioko Logiron said the bridge falls under Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA), adding that he had asked the authority to ensure the contractor on site expedites completion of the project to ensure the county residents do not suffer from any transportation delays.
There is a contractor on site who will be constructing a new bridge but we want him to complete the works first to ensure people are not inconvenienced, said Logiron.
The KeNHA Assistant Director for Corporate Communications, Charles Njogu also confirmed that a section of the bridge had been washed off by heavy rains.
Njogu said that the wash off has not made the road impassable and added that the contractor has been instructed to ensure that the destroyed part is restored. Motorists are now forced to use a diversion.
A contractor is doing an immediate assessment of the bridge even as he works on a new bridge, said Njogu.
Traders at Kainuk town among them, Celina Apeyo who runs a hotel said if the bridge collapses they risk incurring losses.
Last time the bridge collapsed; we incurred huge losses, we want this bridge to be constructed urgently, said Apeyo.
Mary Waithera a trader in Lodwar also called for speedy repair of the bridge to cushion traders from losses.
Two years ago we incurred a lot of losses when the bridge became impassable for a few days. We do not want to incur more losses, said Waithera.
The bridge is also relied on to supply relief food to Kakuma refugee camp. The county has been experiencing heavy rains this week.
Source: Kenya News Agency