The Meru County government has started the construction of access roads in rural areas.
This is part of an ambitious infrastructure project aimed at stimulating economic growth in the county.
The county's development has been partially hindered by poor road infrastructure especially in areas where agriculture is practiced.
According to the County Executive in charge of Roads, Transport and Infrastructure Newton Itobi, interconnecting roads in the county will further open up more opportunities for the county's growth.
"Most of the rural roads in our county are in a dilapidated state and are not tarmacked, proving to be an impediment to business and economic growth.
It is with this in mind that we have embarked on this project to ease transport," said Mr Itobi.
He said each of the 45 wards in the county have been allocated Sh4 million for the development of road networks.
"Costly methods of road construction have also hindered infrastructural development.
Meru is adopting a new technology to build the roads that will require slight maintenance over the years," he said.
In 2013, the county signed a Sh880 million with the
The county government has drawn a plan to tarmac 300 kilometres of road, with 50 kilometres earmarked for completion in the first phase.
Of the 50 kilometres of road set to be upgraded to bitumen standards, the county will finance the construction of 10 kilometres at a cost of Sh22 million per kilometre from its resources.
The agreement will see a contractor from
Mr Itobi said the county government has embarked on a pilot project using the technology to tarmac 16 kilometers of the Meru-Miathene-Mikinduri road.
"The county will finance the first 10km of the road and the national government the rest 6km for comparison purposes.
Technicians are doing already doing the soil alignments tests," he noted.
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The county has also partnered with
Already, the county government is engaging in compensation talks with land owners to pave way for the construction and expansion of the 30 kilometre project.
"The required road corridor is the 25 meters and the existing corridor is only 6 meters.
We need an extra 19 meters which can only be acquired from the land owners.
They have agreed once they are compensated, they will give out the land for the road expansion," Mr Itobi said.
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