Uasin Gishu County is set to benefit immensely with the paving of additional 200 kilometres of roads.
This will be realized through the ongoing collaboration with Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) in the quest to enable Eldoret attain a city status.
Speaking on Monday after hosting KURA Director General Eng. Silas Kinoti and conducting a tour of the priority roads to be improved; Governor Jonathan Bii said the engagement will involve opening of drainages and tarmacking of roads
Our engagement with KURA is key because we have roads that require urgent improvement so that it can be motorable” said Bii.
In the discussions, the roads that were agreed upon for maintenance included; Bandaptai and Farmers Street that will be upgraded and its drainages opened in order to contain storm water.
Other roads set to be paved under this program include Annex- Saroiyot and several other in eldoret peri-urban areas.
KURA Director General Eng. Kinoti was categorical that roads are enablers and key in accessibility. He also observed that the proposed maintenance of the roads will also be key in traffic congestion through the adoption of Intelligent Transport System.
As we plan on the roads, it will be prudent for us to have a futuristic infrastructure and planning as this will be ideal in your quest to attain city status,” he said.
County Executive Committee Member in charge of roads Eng. Joseph Lagat lauded KURA for the existing partnership while calling for more paving of the roads.
KURA has been out important partners in urban development and maintenance and we continue to call on them to increase the number of roads within the municipality and making them motorable,” he added.
Eldoret Municipal Manager Mr. Tito Koiyet said the County is set for the Kenya Urban Support Program that enters phase two and expressed the need to open more roads.
Today’s visit follows last month’s meeting between Governor Bii and Cabinet Secretary for Roads Kipchumba Murkomen. It also come the fourth high level delegation following The British High Commission, Cabinet Secretaries Ababu Namwamba ( Sports), Charles Hinga ( Lands) , and CS Health Susan Nakhumicha.
Governor Jonathan Bii is keen on enhancing inter-governmental linkages to tap into shared resources as a way of expanding Uasin Gishu’s access to the national development programs and opportunities.
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