Laying of Bitumen on Kwanza road signals completion

Trans Nzoia county Commissioner Samson Ojwan’g (in jungle suit) flags off the laying off bitumen on the Lessos-Namanjalala road on February 18, 2020. He is assisted by Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi (left). Photo/Courtesy

The construction of a 61 kilometer road within Kwanza Sub County in Trans Nzoia County has taken a new shape with the laying of bitumen by a Chinese construction company.

The road starts from Lessos to Maili Kumi na Moja with one link from Maili Saba through Kolongolo to Chepchoina. The other link is from Kolongolo to Tartar in West Pokot County.

Area MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi said the road network will be very instrumental in opening up the region for communication bearing in mind that the region had no tarmarked road initially.

“We are hoppy that the upgrade of this road is almost coming to completion. Ut will ease communication for locals and traders which will in turn spur economic growth in this ration,” said Mr. Wanyonyi.

Trans Nzoia county commissioner Samson Ojwang said the millstone signals commitment by the national government to complete all projects to spur economic development.

“We need unity among the leadership of this county to ensure that all pending projects are concluded to serve the interests of the residents of this region,” Commissioner Ojwang said.

Last year, KeRRA Director General Eng. Luka Kimeli said the Sh 2.4 billion bitumen standard road which also links the region to West Pokot County is slated to be completed after 36 months from the time construction works were launched.

“Construction of this road begun on July 2018 and is set to be complete by July 2021. There is no cause for alarm since the Chinese contractor has to accomplish this project within the stipulated time,” said Eng. Kimeli in Kitale.

The Director General said once complete, the road will have mobile weigh bridges to rein in on heavy sand trucks which ply the route to ensure it is maintained to required standards.

“We have rogue drivers who defy orders and ply routes which the trucks they are driving are not allowed. The Weigh Bridge will be appropriate in curbing such incidents,” he said.