DEPARTMENTAL PROGRESS UPDATE
The county government of Kiambu through the department of Roads, Transport, Public Works and Utilities has embarked on transformation of all County infrastructure.
Key among the major projects is the now complete 103M upgrading to bitumen standards of all the Githunguri CBD roads. The 2.4KM circuit roads link up the market, stadium, bus stop, main road, morgue and private commercial plots.
Recarpeting of the 15KM Githunguri Ndumberi road is now complete and therefore connectivity from Githunguri to Kiambu has been enhanced in a big way hence enabling Githunguri farmers to supply their produce to Kiambu and Nairobi markets.
The department is also working to improve traffic congestion in Thika town by improving the main entrance and exit to the town.
The 220M project is in the second phase that includes construction to bitumen standards of Karatina road, Harry Thuku road, Birmingham road, Tuskys rd and Metro petrol station rd. These new roads will allow traffic to exit Thika town through prisons at Metro Petrol Station junction with Garissa road.
This will ease congestion at Gatitu junction since all the vehicles leaving Thika town for Makongeni will use this new exit. Similarly all the vehicles entering the town from Makongeni will use the new entrance instead of scrambling for space.
The department has also in the 2015/2016 FY rehabilitated rural access roads in all the 12 sub counties, with at least a Kilometer of road rehabilitated in every ward. This has seen over 70KMs of road upgraded to gravel standards.
So far 2800KMs of road has been graded, 1400KMs rehabilitated through periodic maintenance and the department continues to open up new roads throughout the County.
In order to help improve road durability and reduce periodic maintenance the County department of RTPWU is exploring technology in road construction.
Nanotechnology and an enzyme based technology from Israel have been identified and are being tested on two roads Kangoki access rd in Thika Sub County and Githunguri rd in Gitothua ward Ruiru Sub County.
With the success of the chemicals on our soil we will adopt them to help reduce dust and keep off water from destroying our roads.