The government will build a Sh60 billion elevated highway in Eldoret town that will decongest the town suffering from poor infrastructure.
The 30km stretch will extend from Eldoret-International Airport, pass over Eldoret town and link with the Eldoret-Iten road. It will also have over-links to the Eldoret-Nairobi road.
DP William Ruto visited Uasin Gishu and Nandi on Tuesday and said, “It will help to decongest Eldoret town and open up this region for faster growth.”
The DP said work was going well on the Sh5.6 billion Southern Bypass in the town. I is being financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the government. He said plans for the Northern Bypass in the town were underway.
Mandago said the new roads will transform the town and make it a major economic hub. It is experiencing major traffic jams due to narrow roads.
Once completed, the elevated highways and bypasses will ensure heavy commercial vehicles ferrying cargo to neighbouring countries will not go through Eldoret as they do now.
The World Bank has financed the development of feeder roads in the town, especially with slum areas.
Governor Mandago has also invested heavily in infrastructure.
“Our aim is to ensure that we have a well-planned town where the movement of goods and cargo will be quick and smooth so trade between Kenya and neighbouring countries is not affected by transport delays,” the governor said.
Completion of the Southern Bypass had been delayed due to compensation rows for land taken over by the government but the matter is being resolved through the National Land Commission.
Construction of inter-links at Kapseret and Maili Tisa are underway and expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Eldoret is targeted to be upgraded to city status and Mandago has set up the town municipal board to deal with planning and growth.
More than 300,000 vehicles operate in the town daily.