Uasin Gishu, Kenya – The Uasin Gishu County’s Department of Roads, Transport, and Public Works has introduced a requirement for public participation in decision-making processes related to road infrastructure.
According to Kenya News Agency, Transport and Public Works, County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Roads, Transport and Public Works Engineer Joseph Lagat has emphasized the essential role of road infrastructure in regional development, particularly for a predominantly agricultural community like Uasin Gishu.
Engineer Lagat pointed out that for the agricultural sector, which most residents depend on, quality roadways are critical for transporting produce to markets efficiently. He underlined the importance of not only constructing roads but also ensuring that these roads meet the standards of quality and durability, and are completed in a timely manner.
The current administration, led by Governor Jonathan Bii, is intent on engaging the public in prioritizing road projects to address immediate community needs effectively. Engineer Lagat cited the involvement of residents as a key factor in the notable service delivery success within the road sector. He further highlighted the department’s efforts in consulting with the community, allowing for resident feedback on ongoing and planned road projects for the financial year.
The inspection of the Koisagat-Kapsabul bridge construction in Soy Sub County served as an opportunity for Eng. Lagat to reiterate the government’s commitment to quality in infrastructure projects, emphasizing long-term benefits.
Last fiscal year’s accomplishments were shared by Eng. Lagat, detailing the grading of over 800 kilometers of roads, graveling of 400 kilometers, and construction of 1900 kilometers of culverts. He also mentioned the opening of 76 kilometers of new roads and the aim to improve 600 kilometers of roads currently in poor condition.
Local resident Joseph Kosgei from Segero-Barsombe ward expressed approval for the county’s participatory approach, noting the significant potential impact of the new bridge on agricultural productivity and connectivity in the region known for tomato farming.
Governor Bii’s administration received praise for its transformative efforts in the road infrastructure, serving both rural and urban communities and supporting diverse economic activities.
Completed projects such as the Ketiplong-Bindura Box culvert and the Koisagat-Kapsabul bridge, along with ongoing works like the Cheplaskei-Kosachei Box Culvert, were listed as indicators of the county’s infrastructure progress.