First tarmacked road in Lamu set for completion next year

The Lamu-Mokowe road set for completion next year PHOTO NATASHA NEMA

Lamu,KENYA: The Sh.1.1 Billion Mokowe Urban Roads in Lamu County is set for completion in November 2019.

Once complete, the new road is expected to link all public facilities, improve the general security in the region and facilitate easy access to the Mokowe County Headquarters and its environs.

The 15 kilometer road is also expected to provide easy access to the upcoming new port in the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport corridor project-LAPSSET.

The road construction which is being undertaken by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority-KURA is currently 23% complete according to the KURA Assistant Corporate Communications Director John Cheboi.

Construction started in May 2017.

Speaking in Lamu earlier in the week, Cheboi said the construction works had covered 3.2 kilometers of the entire 15 kilometer stretch.

He said the road would be done by November 2019 in accordance with the initial plans.

“We have already finished top works for the 3.2 kilometers and are confident that the remainder will be done on time by November 2019.We understand how crucial the road is to economy and general needs of this region and that’s why we are must stay on course with the works,”said Cheboi.

He said so far the project had absorbed and employed more than 100 youth from the region.

Lamu residents get first tarmacked road

“We took in 11 others and trained them on the specialized parts of road construction and we are currently working with them,”he said.

The project continues to attract prospective investments that have seen a huge exodus of traders and business people shift from Lamu town to Mokowe on the mainland.

The KURA is also undertaking 143 kilometer road upgrades in 14 other counties at a cost of Sh.6.9 Billion