Residents living along Thika Road and its environs are expected to get a boost in connectivity as major road projects estimated to have cost at least Ksh12.8 billion near completion.
The Ksh1.8 billion Thika Town Bypass road which is being implemented by the national government is set to ease traffic along the busy Garissa highway and increase access to Thika town for those using the superhighway.
So far, 70% of the road under the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) has been done.
According to the contractors, the new bypass road touching four counties (Kiambu, Murang’a, Machakos, and Nyandarua) will be ready for use by June this year.
The BAT-Kiganjo and the Athena-Witeithie-Thika Super Highway; a bypass intended to ease congestion on the busy Thika-Garissa Highway are some of the roads currently being tarmacked.
The upper road from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Thika offices to County Stadium is one of the key access roads under construction as it will serve as a bypass to Garissa Road through General Kago Road.
Work has also started at Kenyatta highway to Joytown school which is the major road for Thika town and the project is expected to be complete by June 2021.
Most of the roads under construction are used by heavy trailers to and from the many industries in the area.
As a result, the contractors have been expanding the access roads to a width of approximately 7.5 meters, with pedestrian walkways.
The tarmacking of access roads undertaken by the County Government in Thika town is part of ongoing infrastructural development in the country.
The national government of Kenya through the state-owned Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) is targeting to upgrade 62-kilometers of road connecting Kiambu road and Thika superhighway.
The road expansion projects starts at Junction B32/B30 on Kiambu Road (near Kiambu Institute of Technology) and proceeds through Kirigiti, Riabai, Ngewa, Kibichoi, Nembu, Ichaweri, Gatundu, Kang’oo, Mang’u and ends at Thika Superhighway.