First Phase of Garissa Road expansion to be complete in two months – KeNHA.

Thika MP Patrick Wainaina, THIWASCO MD Moses Kinya and KeNHA project engineer Grace Mukami assessing the road works on Garissa Road.

The first phase of the expansion of Thika–Garissa highway is scheduled to be complete within the next two months.

This was revealed over the weekend by KeNHA engineer manning the project Eng. Grace Mukami Mathai during a visit by the Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina to assess the progress of the project.

Eng. Mukami said that this phase will see KeNHA gravel about 7 kilometres of a service lane from the Thika flyover all the way to Makongeni.

“We want to ease traffic in and out of Thika town and consequently reduce accidents along the highway. We expect to complete the first phase within the next two months. We are only gravelling of the service lane from the current allocation then we can source for more funding for the next phase that will include tarmacking of the road up to Ananas Mall in Makongeni,” she explained.

She warned anyone who has encroached on the road reserve to remove their structures adding that they will not hesitate to pull down any building or confiscate property or materials found on the road.

The area MP appealed to anyone whose property fell within the road reserve to kindly cooperate with the constructor and move away.

(Related story: Thika MP commissions the construction of the Sh. 1.5bn Thika Bypasses.)

Wainaina noted that with the completion of the service lane, vehicles getting into Thika will be separated from those going towards Makongeni area, something that will ease traffic threefold.

“If we resist development, the government will obviously divert it elsewhere. Let us all look at the bigger picture and not allow individual interest supersede the general good of the public. Once this road is expanded, it will benefit everyone as it will attract investments into Thika as well as guarantee more business,” said Wainaina.

He promised to pursue the various departments dealing with infrastructural developments to ensure that Thika benefitted with more road networks so as to open it up for investors.

“I will follow up to see more roads constructed as I pursue to see that Garissa Road gets expanded into a dual-carriage highway all the way to Kilimambogo,” he said.

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