Our attention has been drawn to the Social Media circulation and concerns raised by the public on the safety status of Chania River Bridge barrier in Thika, Kiambu County. Following inspection by Kenya Urban roads Authority Engineers a decision has been made to remove the barrier and a new one installed to protect this historically ornamental bridge built in 1936 from heavy vehicles.
The colonial four-meter wide bridge remains very structurally sound. It was however designed for lighter vehicles and thus the need to protect it from heavy vehicles who erroneously want to approach Thika town using this short route.
KURA urges drivers with heavy vehicles to use alternative roads provided including a newly constructed Thika Northern bypass which links Muranga Road from Delmonte shop to Ananas building Supermarket in Garissa Road. Going forward, Government will put in place improved designs that will allow smooth flow of Traffic in and out of Thika Town joining the Northern Corridor.
The Government is investing over kshs.300billion each year in the provision of road infrastructure intended to drive Vision 2030 and Agenda 4 all intended to propel the country into a medium-income level in the next decade. Improvement of non-motorized transport, installation of street and traffic lights, guard rails, traffic signs and other amenities are vital components of modern road infrastructure. While all this is being done, it is sad to note that the culture of vandalism is threatening the enjoyment of these facilities. Vandalism of road infrastructure is indeed an economic sabotage and should not be allowed to wipe out the gains already made.
We have observed with utter shock wanton vandalism of street-lights, guard-rails, road signs among others on most of our urban road network. In the last 3 months over 30 street poles worth Kshs. 2.5 million have been mowed down and scathed away by vandals in Nairobi City County in an organized crime syndicate.
KURA Board Member Mr. Henry Murwa present a dummy cheque to Dimese Sisters in aid of installation of a biogas system.
Talitha Kum children’s orphanage has today received an over three hundred thousand grant from Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) in support of installation of a biogas system to meet the energy needs of the children’s home.
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