New footbridges planned on Thika Road

A footbridge on Thika Road
A footbridge on Thika Road. PHOTO/THIKAROADBLOG.NET
Four more footbridges will be added to the current 18 Thika Road bridges as part of a government’s bid to curb pedestrian deaths on the highway.

Transport Secretary James Macharia recently told Parliament that the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) will soon initiate tendering for four additional footbridges along the highway in a bid to avert accidents.

“KeNHA is currently preparing tender documents for four-footbridges which will be tendered (this month),” he said.
Mr Macharia said the footbridges will be located at Ruaraka, Blue Springs Hotel, Witeithie and Mangu areas along the highway.

Thika Road is currently fitted with 18 footbridges with 10 more designed but yet to be erected due to lack of funds – a situation that has led KeNHA to consider floating an infrastructure bond through public private partnerships (PPPs) and concessioning of targeted roads as a means to check infrastructure costs.

Early last months residents of Juja petitioned Parliament to build more footbridges along Thika Road in a bid to avert rising pedestrian fatalities.

They called for the erection of footbridges at Witeithie main stage, Gwa Kairu Crossing near KU Ruiru campus, Juja Highpoint/Ndarugu crossing point, Bob Harrie/Nyacaba roads crossing and at the Toll Station near Theta Club.

The number of pedestrian deaths on Thika Road, caused by either careless driving or human errors, have risen significantly since the completion of the busy highway in 2012.