Massive facelift for Ruiru as national government starts recarpeting of 63-kilometer roads
The national government has commenced the recarpeting of at least 63 kilometres of roads in Ruiru town in a move aimed at spurring economic development.
Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) and Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) is in charge of the project.
Among the roads whose recarpeting has commenced is the 16.8-kilometre Ruiru-Kiambu road, Ruiru-Upland’s road, all access roads connecting the populous town to the busy Thika superhighways among other link roads within Ruiru constituency.
Area MP Simon King’ara said the project is a relief to Ruiru residents since it will end their sufferings.
King’ara, who spoke in Ruiru town after inspecting the progress of the project, says the recarpeting of the roads will end traffic snarl-ups and ease the movement of people.
“We have suffered for years with crazy traffic snarl-ups which have impeded business growth and good flow of services. While we understand that Ruiru is an industrious town hosting over 80 industries, most of the roads here have been impassable,” he said.
He says the development of the new road network will manage heavy trucks operating in the area and which have also caused dilapidation of road networks.
The MP also says KENHA is building a new drainage system to accommodate recurrent floods that have caused the destruction of properties and leaving residents homeless nearly every season.
The project will also see walkways constructed and street lights erected.
Biashara MCA Elijah Njoroge, who accompanied the MP, welcomed the project saying it’s an impetus to economic growth.
Ruiru residents who spoke to journalists lauded the project saying it will mark an end to their sufferings.
“We have suffered for years. Our motorbikes and vehicles have been routinely going for repair due to the bad roads. When it rains, things get worse as movement is almost brought to a halt. We thank the government for intervening and working towards restoring sanity. This is what we have been praying for,” Moses Mumu, a resident, said.