Residents living along Garissa Road and its environs are expected to get a major boost as the rehabilitation of the Ksh2 billion Mombasa-Garissa highway project nears completion.
The highway is part of the Lapsset corridor program aimed at transforming Kenya's infrastructure. It connects the port city of Mombasa to the inland city of Garissa.
The project was established to increase access to major towns using the superhighway, among them Mombasa, Mtwapa, Kilifi, Malindi, Mambrui, Gongoni, Garsen, Hola, Bura and Garissa.
The Garsen to Garissa section of this road, which measures about 235 kilometers, had remained in a poor state as it was riddled with potholes and dusty surfaces.
The section of the road connects to the Mwingi-Kilmambogo-Isiolo-Moyale route, connecting Lamu Port to various hinterland markets and Ethiopia as part of the LAPSSET alternative routes.
Initially, residents appealed to the government to repair the section of the road which had been marred by numerous accidents.
Currently, the road is undergoing a major transformation according to lapsset implementing Agencies Chairpersons.
Further, Lappset chairman Titus Ibui, flanked by Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) Chairman Wangai Ndirangu, issued an update on the construction of the two access roads currently being built along the highway.
"The Lapsset implementing Agencies' Chairpersons inspected the 10km Port access Road and the 110km Lamu-Witu-Garsen Road which have a completion rate of 88% and 87% respectively and are expected to be completed within 2 months," read part of the statement by the lapsset.
According to KeNHA chairman Wangai, the national government of Kenya is targeting to upgrade major roads and highways within major towns in order to enhance social-economic growth.
He noted that the agency is in a race against time to ensure that it establishes an efficient road network system in order to attract more investments within various counties in a bid to attain the Big Four Agenda.