KeNHA commences rehabilitation of Busia highway

By The Weekly Vision

Motorist along the Busia-Kisumu highway will soon enjoy smoother rides as a result of the ongoing rehabilitation of the busy stretch, the project is being carried out under the supervision of the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA). Some of the leaders from the county including Governor Sospeter Ojaamong and Matayos constituency member of parliament Geoferry Odanga had taken issue with KeNHA for the delays witnessed in expanding sections of the highway into a dual-carriageway, but all seems to be well now.

  • The British government through High Commissioner to Kenya then, Christian Turner donated Sh200m to the county government of Busia in 2015, the amount was later enhanced to Sh300 million towards the expansion of the six-kilometre stretch of the highway starting from Korinda GK prisons to Busia Customs, already bush clearing and stormwater drainage (desiltation) are ongoing.
The narrow Busia-Kisumu road has been an issue for a long time with trucks stretching for miles as they wait for clearance at the border post

The scope of work will involve the expansion and recarpeting of the 40km highway from Amukura House to Ugunja in Siaya County, bush clearing and stormwater drainage (desiltation) is ongoing. Sources told The Weekly Vision online that the stretch between the Governor’s office and Busia One-Stop Border Post will undergo dualization. The portion from Amukura House to Korinda will be expanded and tarmacked with the portion from Korinda to Ugunja being expanded and murramed.

“The highway serves about 700 long-distance trucks that cross to Uganda daily, 150 of them carry petroleum products and therefore there is an urgent need for the creation of a holding bay for trucks to prevent parking along the roadside”, said an official at the county.

The county also acquired 2.42 hectares for the construction of a holding bay at Mundika along Busia-Kisumu highway and 2 hectares in Malaba for the same purpose.

Traffic congestion on the trunk road which connects the border town of Busia to the Great Lakes Region has been the order of the day occasioned by transit trucks that pile up awaiting clearance at the Busia One-Stop Border Post (OSBP).

Busia Governor H.E Sospeter Ojaamong said it’s a good start, noting that his government is going to engage the British High Commission who initiated the project, US Ambassador to Kenya, Trademark East Africa and any willing donor to extend the dualization of the busy highway.

” The Busia-Kisumu highway especially near the OSBP is in a pathetic state with county residents resorting to social media to condemn the county government and yet it’s managed by the National Government,” he said.

With expansion works already in progress many businessmen whose structures had encroached on reserve land including some leading hotels risk being pulled down.

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