Meru County government has started building access roads in an ambitious infrastructure project aimed at stimulating economic growth through agriculture.
The county's growth has been partially weighed down by poor infrastructure, especially in agriculturally productive areas.
County executive in charge of roads, transport and infrastructure Newton Itobi, said building roads 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," said Mr Itobi.
"It is with this in mind that we have embarked on this project to ease transportation."
He said that each of the 45 wards in the county had been allocated Sh4 million for construction of roads.
"Costly methods of road construction have also hindered infrastructure development. Meru is adopting a new technology to build the roads that will require slight maintenance over the years," he said.
Last year, the county signed a Sh880 million loan with the
The county government has drawn a plan to tarmac 300km of roads, with 50km earmarked for completion in the first phase. Of the 50 kilometres of road set to be paved, the county will finance construction of 10km at a cost of Sh22 million per kilometre.
The agreement will see a contractor from
Mr Itobi said that the county government had embarked on a pilot project using the technology to tarmac 16km of the Meru-Miathene-Mikinduri road.
"The county will finance the first 10km of the road and the national government the remaining 6km for comparison purposes. Technicians are already conducting soil alignments tests," he said.
The county has also partnered with the
Already, the county is engaging in talks to compensate land owners to pave the way for the project.
"They have agreed once they are compensated, they will give out the land for road expansion," Mr Itobi said.
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