Infrastructure improvement continues in Nakuru City
Written by Roy Lumbe
Contractors working on major link roads within Nakuru City have today handed over the newly constructed roads to the City management ahead of the official launch by Governor Susan Kihika.
Some of the link roads completed include Mashindano, Lower Tom Mboya, Chui, and Gilanis – Kenya Power roads which have been improved to bituminous standards alongside complementary facilities such as storm water drains, street lights, and footpaths.
Nakuru City manager Gitau Thabanja revealed that the projects which are in Nakuru Town East will improve connectivity and solve the menace of flooding in many parts of the Central Business District (CBD).
According to Thabanja, they intend to upgrade other link roads within the city in line with Governor Susan Kihika’s manifesto on motorizing the CBD, adding that the improvement of road networks has seen traders start to expand their businesses.
He revealed that in three years all gravel roads within the CBD and estates will be upgraded saying the project will also open up other link roads which had long been neglected.
“Whatever we are doing here is a prototype that will be used in all other projects within the city, people will see massive changes in terms of greening and ensure Nakuru has a major facelift,” said Thabanja.
During the handover, Thabanja was accompanied by Flamingo Ward MCA David Muraya, a representative from the Biashara Ward MCA office, and the City planner among other county officials.
The 500-meter Mashindano Road in Freehold has been equipped with drainages, walkways on both sides and an extended junction of 50 meters with street lights and road markings.
Residents and businesspeople around the area have lauded the county for the projects saying the roads have not only opened up the area but also enhanced security along the roads.
Simon Kirui said since independence, some of the businesses in the area have survived in dusty environments during dry seasons and muddy conditions on rainy days.
David Chege and John Waweru bodaboda operators said the road has come up with a lot of advantages as they spend little time in garages to repair their bikes.