The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Eldoret Set to Unveil Sh100 Million Traffic Lights

MORE than Sh100 million will be used to revive traffic lights in Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu Roads executive Gideon Birir has said. He said the move will ease traffic jam in Eldoret town. Birir said the lights, installed more than ten years ago, went off a few days later because most drivers did not know how to use them.

"We are now working on repairing the traffic lights and switching them on soon to help us control movement of vehicles in the town," he said. Birir was speaking to reporters in his office in Eldoret town yesterday. He said the traffic lights will be redesigned for efficiency.

"The traffic lights plan is part of the county government's plan to improve movement of vehicles in the town," Birir said. He said five new roads will be constructed in the town to ease traffic jam. Birir said the roads are part of Sh1.2 billion masterplan to be unveiled by Mandago next month. One of the key roads, which is already being opened up is the Sosiani by-pass.

Birir said it will ease traffic on the Eldoret-Kisumu road. The Kapsoya road is also being tarmacked to help deal with traffic on the Eldoret-Nakuru road. "We are already opening up some of the new roads to help ease traffic congestion in Eldoret and also ease trade and farming activities in this region,"Birir said.

Mandago has said in the past that good roads will be part of his legacy. He said he will ensure Uasin Gishu has the best infrastructure.

The government is also in the final stages of putting up a by-pass road in Eldoret at a cost of about Sh2 billion.

Mandago says the by-pass will reduce the heavy traffic in Eldoret town only if other minor roads are also rehabiltated.

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