Government embarks on roads improvement project in Bungoma
The Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) has commenced an 8km low volume seal road project to improve roads on the outskirts of Bungoma town to bitumen standards at accost of sh 477 million.
One of the roads that will be tarmacked within 24 months is the road from Bungoma National Oil station junction to connect to the Musikoma -Buyofu road at Nambaye junction.
Speaking to the press while inspecting the ongoing project, Eng. Amos Onyango, the General Manager in charge of maintenance at the Kenya Urban Roads Authority said the contractor will maintain the same road for three more years under the supervision of KURA.
Onyango said that 60 per cent of the Kenyan population will be living in urban areas by the year 2030 and the roads on the outskirts will ease pressure on the main roads in the town centers all over.
“We do by- passes to open up the town as we work with the county government which does most of the roads to ensure that we conform to projections of the government to fulfill vision 2030,” he said.
The Regional Manager in charge of Western region, Eng. Mike Gumbi asked the contractor to do the work to the required standards, adding that the project which commenced last month was being executed as expected.
He hailed the local community for supporting the initiative by removing temporal structures constructed on the road.
“We are getting immense support from residents and stakeholders who have voluntarily removed temporary structures on the corridor,” Gumbi added.
The project is part of the 10,000-kilometer low volume seal road projects promised by the national government.
KURA is doing similar projects at a cost of Seven Billion shillings in Hola ( Tana River County), Wote ( Makueni), Mokowe ( Lamu), Bungoma (Bungoma town), Bomet town (Bomet County), Eldoret (Uasin Gishu), Kitale (Trans Nzoia), Kapenguria (West Pokot) and Maua (Meru )
By Roseland Lumwamu