The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has embarked on a nationwide supervision tour of roads, highways and vital infrastructure across the country.
The weeklong highways’ inspection expedition is led by KeNHA Board of Directors Chairman, Eng. Erastus Mwongera and the agency’s Director General (DG), Eng. Peter Mundinia.
Among the high capacity roads already inspected include Nairobi-Thika, Thika-Garissa, Garissa-Malindi, Malindi-Mavueni, Mbogolo River Bridge and Mavueni-Kaloleni roads to ensure they were providing maximum benefit, comfort and safety to the public.
We are accompanied by the supervising consultants and the works contractors in our inspection endeavor, said Eng. Mwongera in Mombasa on Wednesday.
He spoke when he led senior officials on an inspection tour of the Shs.11 billion Miritini-Kipevu road that is part of the larger Mombasa port area road development project.
Other road projects within Mombasa, include dualling of the Mombasa-Mariakani highway, Dongo Kundu bypass and Mombasa Northern bypass.
Eng. Mwongera said they are so far satisfied with the progress of work which he said has almost reached 70 percent completion.
He said the contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, is working round the clock to deliver the project within the time frame and in accordance with ‘our specifications and engineering standards’.
The KeNHA chairman said the contractor is doing wonderful work both on the road and two bridges they are constructing over the ocean with special attention.
Work is progressing well and could be completed as scheduled towards the end of 2017 and successfully open to traffic, said the KeNHA chairman.
He noted that the construction of the new roads and upgrading of the existing ones would help reduce travel time, improve road connectivity as well as improve socio-economic activities in the coastal city.
Eng. Mundinia said the ongoing road expansion projects around the port facility were seen as the key to unlocking traffic gridlocks and spur trade.
The KeNHA DG said the on-going projects would be dutifully completed on time, while new ones would be given on contract as soon as feasibility studies were completed on them.
All these ongoing road projects will in the long run ease the evacuation of cargo from the port of Mombasa which is currently experiencing increased shipping activity, he said.
He announced that the construction of the six-lane Mombasa-Mariakani road at a cost of Shs.22 billion would soon start with funding from the European Investment Bank and the Africa Development Bank.
Source: Kenya News Agency