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Sunday, 19 October 2014

KISUMU ROADS TO BE RETOUCHED BEFORE MAIN WORKS



The government is sourcing for funds to reconstruct the dilapidated Kisumu-Kisian and Mamboleo-Miwani roads. This was disclosed to  by the Kenya National Highway Authority CEO Meshack Kidenda.
Kidenda said talks between the authority and various development agencies towards financing of the road projects were at an advanced stage and asked the motorists and other road users to be patient.
He added that already arrangements were being made to have the worst sections of the roads recarpeted as a stop-gap measure before they embark on full repairs. Last week, repair works were underway in the worn out sections near Kisumu International Airport round-about to Kisian Kemri.   
Kidenda would not divulge the cost of the roads reconstruction because of procurement rules only stating that it would require several billions of shillings to execute the project. The works are yet to be tendered for, he added. This stretch has been so bad that motorists plying the route to Bondo, Maseno, Siaya and to Busia have had to constantly repair their cars. 
Another section that is completely worn out is the Mamboleo route, from the junction off the Kisumu-Kakamega.  The problem has been worsened by the tractors that haul sugarcane from the farms to the sugar millers that ply the road and also those that ferry goods to the quarries in the area.