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Two Bypasses Set to Ease Traffic in Eldoret

January 19, 2014

Mathews Ndanyi

The Uasin Gishu government will construct two bypasses in Eldoret town at a cost of more than Sh5 billion. County Roads executive Gideon Birir said the roads are being designed by the Kenya National Highways Authority , which will complete the work by the end of this month. "We will then get the money from the World Bank and the African Development Bank to start the work by mid this year," Birir said. He was speaking yesterday in Eldoret town during a tour of the roads. Traffic in the town has been worsening in the recent past. One of the bypasses will be located in the southern part of the town near the Eldoret International Airport . The other one will go through the northern side near Kiplombe area. Meanwhile, other road projects in the town, which were to cost Sh1.2 billion will not start this month due to a delay in tendering. The MCAs are not satisfied with the manner in which Birir has been handling the projects. They said delay means the long rains in March will find the roads in a poor state. Birir appeared before the MCAs for grilling on his performance during which he said they were doing initial work before the repairs begin. "All along we have told the public that the roads will start in January but it's shocking that nothing has been done and it is regrettable that things will not work as we had expected," said deputy speaker Hosea Lamai . Governor Jackson Mandago has set aside Sh1.2 billion to carry out major road works.

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Source: AllAfrica

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