Thika MP commissions the construction of the Sh. 1.5bn Thika Bypasses.

Thika Town MP Patrick Wainaina (Centre) inspects the quality of the road construction works for the Engen-Kiganjo link road. With him is the site manager Eng. Earnest Ruto (right).

Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina on Wednesday officially commissioned the construction and expansion of part of the proposed Sh. 1.5 billion Thika Bypasses.

The road project being done by Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) will be implemented in phases that will see the completion of the 2km Engen-Kiang’ombe-Kiganjo link road, the 3km Broadway-Athena link road, the BAT-Kiganjo link road and the Kivulini-Kang’oki-Kiganjo link road that is about 8km before they are joined to meet the Thika Superhighway at Witeithie in Juja Sub-County.

Addressing residents at the Kiganjo corner 4 junction, Wainaina said the commissioning of the new road will open up the area and ease traffic congestion that had dogged Thika town in the recent years.

He insisted that contractor must complete the project on time and do some quality works if the residents were to benefit from them.

“With the opening up of these roads, Thika will get back its glory days when it was referred to as the ‘Birmingham of Kenya’. They will open up areas such as Kiganjo and Athena and increase business activities for our people,” said Wainaina.

The legislator promised to lobby for the erection of street lighting in all the major roads within the town so as to enhance security and the ease to do business.

The MP, who was accompanied by Thika West DCC Tom Anjere, vowed to speed up efforts in developing the constituency, calling on residents to be more involved if they wanted to fully benefit from such advancements.

The DCC acknowledged that the project promised to enhance development and security. He asked Thika residents to take full advantage of these programmes by investing in housing projects as well as diversifying their business activities.

The site manager Eng. Earnest Ruto promised that the road to Engen will be complete within one week thereafter embarking on the Kiandutu-Athena stretch which was expected to be complete in the next two months.

The BAT-Corner 1 and the Kivulini-Kang’oki-Corner 1 project will be next before the embarked on the Oloitiptip Road to connect Murang’a County through Del Monte to link up with the Nairobi-Nyeri Highway near Thika Sports Club.

HI Young Construction Company won the tender which is expected to be completed within this fiscal year. The road will have a width of 8m and will carry two lanes.

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