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Sh 10 Billion Lamu-Garsen Road at 57 Percent Complete-KeNHA

MwagungaThoya 06/25/2020

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The construction of the Sh 10 billion Lamu-Witu-Garsen road is now at 57 percent complete three years on.

The 132 kilometre road project which started on February 28, 2017 is being undertaken by the H-Young Construction Company in collaboration with GIBB Africa Limited.

According to the state’s initial plan, the road project is being improved to international trunk road of bitumen standards with its initial completion date being August this year.

In a press release sent to Opera News Hub on Thursday, Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) Assistant Director and Head of Communication Charles Njogu said the construction process was very much on course.

According to Mr Njogu, various works, including earth works, are fully ongoing.

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He said the contractor was also undertaking major subgrade and sub base works, as well as preparation works for construction of road side drainage structures.

In addition, casting of rumble strips is being done at completed sections of the road as a safety measure for road users. Installation of kerbs at designated points for bus bays is ongoing to ensure motorist and pedestrian safety.

“Kenya National Highways Authority has been undertaking construction of the 113km Garsen – Witu – Lamu Road and an additional 19km of the Mkunumbi – Mpeketoni loop road. The Sh 10 billion road project is being constructed by H Young (EA) Limited. The contractor has so far achieved an overall progress of 57 percent since the construction started in 2017. KeNHA has further instructed the contractor to fast-track the progress of works,” said Mr Njogu.

He lauded the contractor for his determination to proceed with the project despite the existing challenge of Covid-19.

“We’re happy that despite the tough economic situation contributed by Covid-19, construction works on the Lamu-Witu-Garsen road are still very much on course. We thank the contractor for the determination despite all the challenges that have been faced in undertaking the road construction, including insecurity caused by Al-Shabaab,” said Mr Njogu.

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On his side, Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia said the government was satisfied with the general progress of the Lamu-Witu-Garsen road construction.

Mr Macharia said they had done all it takes to ensure the contractor and the workers are well protected throughout the period of construction.

“We’re okay with the pace at which the road construction project is being undertaken. As Lamu security committee, we’ve provided enough security for both the contractor and the workers. We want them to continue working without any security interruptions. Things are looking good,” said Mr Macharia.

The Lamu-Witu-Garsen road will provide easy access to the Lamu Port (LAPSSET) in Kililana, Lamu West once completed.

The road is crucial since it is the only connection between Lamu, Tana River, Kilifi and Mombasa counties as well as the other parts of the country.

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Once completed, the road is also believed to improve the general security of Lamu as well as to facilitate trade, tourism, agriculture and other economic activities in the region.

In 2018 and 2019, President Uhuru Kenyatta made impromptu visits to Lamu to inspect the road and also to compel the contractor to speed up its construction.

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