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KeNHA provides alternative routes to Mt Kenya region ahead of Mashujaa Day

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  • Owing to the huge traffic expected on Kenol-Sagana-Marua Highway, KeNHA has advised motorists heading to Nyeri, Othaya, Embu, Meru and other surrounding areas to use alternative routes.

The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) is currently inspecting the Kenol-Sagana-Marua Highway, ahead of Wednesday’s Mashujaa Day celebrations in Kirinyaga County.

The road which is seen as the main entry into Mt Kenya region is expected to be busy during the Mashujaa Day celebrations, as most people are expected to be traveling to Kirinyaga.

Owing to the huge traffic expected on the road, KeNHA has advised motorists heading to Nyeri, Othaya, Embu, Meru and other surrounding areas to use alternative routes without using the Kenol-Sagana Highway which is still under construction.

Motorists heading to Othaya and Nyeri have been advised to use the Thika- Gacharage-ini – Othaya Road while those moving to Embu and Meru are urged to use the Thika- Murang’a-Sagana Road.

While addressing the media during the inspection, KeNHA Charman Wangai Ndirangu said that they will station traffic martials along the roads to control the traffic and avoid unnecessary congestion.

“We are urging those who will be using this route which is under construction to ensure they follow the road signs as well as instructions given by the traffic martials so to have a seamless travel,” Ndirangu said.

Wangai said that the road which is now 30% complete will have one lane from Kenol to Marua complete by December so as to avoid traffic snarl up during the festive season.

During the inspection, Wangai said that the construction of the 8 markets and the hospitals expected to come along the road will begin by January next year.

“The hospital which will be built in Sagana is set to take care of the road user in case of an accident. The markets will give a boost in agricultural production in the area which is largely known for mangoes production,” he added.

KeNHA Director General Kung’u Ndung’u asked motorists to be patient as the authority is working to ensure the road is completed by June next year, a fete that will be a boost for the region’s transport sector.

“The completion of this road will see the travel time from Nairobi to Nyeri cut by almost one hour as congestion will be minimised,” Eng. Ndung’u said.

Mt Kenya Matatu Owners Association Chairman Michael Kariuki lauded the government for the improved road network in the country which has eased transport.

“We thank the government as we no longer have customers spending the nights on the road due to poor roads.” Kariuki said

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