Kenya's road construction agencies KURA (Kenya Urban Roads Authority), KERRA (Kenya Rural Road Authority) and KENHA (Kenya National Highway Authority) have been barred from constructing roads at county level.
This decision made by Transition Authority aims at eliminating wrangles or battles at the national and county levels.
Roads in Kenya are classified as either national or county.Agencies operating at the county level have been regarded as extraneous hence excluding KURA and KENHA from controlling county roads.
Kenya road network is 160,886 km long, out of this 61,936km is classified and the remaining 98,950 km is termed as unclassified.
This rule is set to be gazetted next week will see national government controlling class A, B and C type of roads while class D,E and unclassified by counties.
Ministry of Roads through KENHA and KERRA are in charge of managing roads in Kenya.
The question of whether to fund the county governments or the road authorities for the road works in the counties brought about heated reactions that saw the cabinet secretary for Transport and Infrastructure, Eng.S.Kamau questioned by the parliamentary committee. It has however been concluded that the money allocated for roads in the budget should go to the road authorities, Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA),Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA) and the Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA).
The Government has unveiled five key road projects to be constructed and maintained through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. Infrastructure Principal Secretary Eng John Mosonik says the government has planned the dualing and upgrade of the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit road as well as a second bridge in Nyali in a bid to ease congestion in Mombasa.
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