Synohydro Construction Ltd has clinched a contract to expand Magadi Road and dualing of the 23.5-kilometre Bomas-Ongata Rongai-Kona Baridi stretch.
The Chinese contractor will expand Magadi Road after the government opened negotiations with them over the planned dualing.
The dualing will be undertaken through the annuity roads financing programme, a performance-based maintenance contract that has handed the contractor up to 10 years for maintenance and repairs.
“If a contractor does shoddy work, he will be required to spend his own money to redo the work,” said Transport CS James Macharia.
Macharia was speaking during the launch of emergency repairs at the road’s Kweke Bridge which was damaged by floods has claimed dozens of lives in the past several years.
He said the repairs were an interim measure to make the road usable.
The repairs on the bridge were expected to last two days, and were to include rehabilitation of the embankment eroded at the bridge.
The road is currently under a 24-month performance based maintenance contract which charges M/s Saxon Investment Limited with repairs until April 10, 2019.
The government has also signed an agreement with Intex Construction Company to work on the 91-kilometre Ngong-Kiserian-Isinya-Kajiado road at a cost of Sh11 billion.
Macharia said the ministry has also lined up another Sh4.1 billion to be spent on road repairs in Nairobi’s CBD, Industrial Area and Eastlands as the rains begin to subside.
He added that the ministry will need Sh18.7 billion to renovate the urban, rural roads and highways recently damaged by rains.
Considered a trans-county road, Magadi Road is managed by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) which says it does not have any plans to expand it any time soon, erasing any hope Rongai residents may have had of a quick solution to their predicament.
Already, repair works on the Kiserian – Birrika –Isinya road has started with the expansion of the stretch.
Construction of new road from Isara through Mashuuru to Kajiado started early in the year.
The new road will connect on the Emali/Loitokitok and once complete it will provide a shortcut for motorists driving from Mombasa to Kajiado County other than the tedious Emali – Athi river connection on Mombasa road.
Governor Joseph Lenku, during his Madaraka Day speech in Kajiado hinted that the government has also earmarked construction of a road from Ngong to Mosiro aimed at connecting his region and Narok County.
The link road that will later stretch from Narok to Kajiado South is expected to boost tourism in the Maa region, and will provide tourists an express connection from Maasai Mara to Amboseli and Tsavo West national parks.
Lenku’s dream is also to connect every sub county to the other using murram and bitumen roads in the next 10 years.
The governor, who said to be a workaholic, spends most his time planning the future of his people and the county in terms of development.