Ruiru town is set to get a massive facelift after the government commenced recarpetting roads within the town that have been in a deplorable state for years.
The Government through the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) and Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) will also recarpet the 16.8 – kilometer Ruiru town-Kiambu road according to MP Simon King’ara.
King’ara who spoke in Ruiru town on Monday while inspecting the ongoing works said that the project is a reprieve to Ruiru residents as well as traders especially those in the transport sector saying that once complete it will end the suffering they have endured for years.
The lawmaker, who didn’t disclose the cost of the project, said that the project will go a long way in bringing an end to the perennial traffic congestions within the town and ease mobility in and out of the town.
“Heavy trucks that move in and out of the over 80 industries in Ruiru town have been the reason why the road was potholes-riddled. However the works being done will ensure that the road will be capable of handling the heavy trucks for many years. We are grateful that our intensive lobbying for the roads has borne fruits,” King’ara said.
He noted that the project will open up the town for more investments as it will easily link up with the Thika superhighway and the Ruiru-Uplands road that is almost complete.
The lawmaker noted that besides recarpetting the road, the government will also fix the town’s drainage which has been I dire state leading to massive flooding within the town and its environs. He said flooding during rainy seasons has been a nightmare to residents.
“The contractor will also be replacing the culverts that were installed over four decades ago with big ones that will be able to handle the storm water from the town and the surrounding areas including Gitothua, Wataalam and Alpha.
The MP said that project will also see walkways constructed and street lights erected noting that the project will be a major boost for traders and investors in the town.
King’ara also divulged that the Government is also constructing some 30 kilometers link roads within the constituency including the Membley-Tatu City road that is being done by the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA), Rainbow-By-pass road and the Earstern By-pass-Mwihoko-Kahawa Wendani-Kahawa Sukari road.
Others include link roads within Githurai 45, that are part of the over sh 800 million Githurai Market project that is being implemented by the Government through the State Department for Housing and Urban Development, and are expected to link Estates within Githurai to the market and the recently opened Railway station in the area.
The Lawmaker said the government promised Githurai residents a modern market, which is almost complete, and proper roads within the estate that will enable residents and traders access the market with ease. These roads will go a long way in changing and improving the face of Githurai.
Biashara MCA Elijah Njoroge who accompanied the MP welcomed the government’s move to rehabilitate roads within the town saying that it’s a positive step towards boosting Ruiru’s economy.
Residents welcomed the project terming is as godsend. They said that once complete the roads will bring an end to their suffering which they have endured for decades especially during rainy seasons.
Accoding to Jane the roads have been in dire state for so many years. Coupled with floods when it rains, ruiru residents have been going through untold suffering when moving out or accessing the town. This project will bring us more fortunes once complete,