In August this year, the Treasury approved a total of Sh11.4 billion for the construction of four roads among them, the Kisumu-Chemelil-Muhoroni Kaitui road which will cost a total of Sh4.9 billion.
The 63-kilometre sugar belt road connects Kisumu, Nandi and Kericho counties. The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) is set to start construction works in late October this year and, is planning to complete the work in a span of one year.
“We expect to break ground in late October. The road will reduce travel time between Kisumu, Nandi and Kericho counties, thus ensuring faster accessibility and delivery of services,” Eng. Peter Mundinia, the Director General at KeNHA said.
Kisumu – Chemelil – Muhoroni road was built in early 60’s and has since become impassable. Public service vehicles abandoned it opting for the smoother Kericho -Kisumu road going through Awasi and Ahero.
Eng. Peter Mundinia also said that the works are expected to start at the intersection with Kisumu -Kakamega (A1) road in Kisumu at Mamboleo and progress through Miwani, Chemelil, and Muhoroni eventually terminating at Kapsitet junction, where it joins the Kericho -Kisumu road.
The scope includes the dualling of Mamboleo/A1 intersection to Great Lakes University together with service lanes, pedestrian walkway and provision of street lighting around the area.
A seven-metre single carriageway near the Great Lakes University section will also be constructed with two-metre wide shoulders along the entire stretch.
The link with the highway from Kisumu brings an additional relief after the section between Muhoroni and the Kaitui junction repeatedly deteriorated despite several contracts being awarded to repair the road.