Dualling of dreaded Sachang’wan road to begin in March

A road accident scene.
A road accident scene.
The planned dualling of a 22-kilometre segment of the Nakuru-Eldoret highway will begin in March as the government seeks to eliminate the Salgaa-Sachang’wan back-spot that continues to hit news headlines dozens of times with fatal road accidents.

This follows last week’s closure of bids for the Sh500 million dual carriageway project and the forthcoming hiring of a contractor by the Kenya National Highways Authority (Kenha).

“Bids for the construction of a dual carriageway were received on Thursday 18th January and will be reviewed over the next two weeks,” Kenha assistant director of communication Charles Njogu said on Tuesday.

The project, which involves expansion of the 22-kilometre stretch between Sobea and Kibunja, is aimed at curtailing the number of accidents along the deadly spot.

“The road [construction] is expected to commence in March and will take a year to complete. The tender was advertised on December 19th. It’s an open tender which has attracted so many bidders,” he said.

According to Kenha, the scope of work will include erection of dual carriage way at the climbing lane, separation of traffic, installation of Jersey barrier, as well as installation of warning and informative road signs.

The design also provides for the construction of a lorry checking point at the start of the 10-km slope to evaluate the braking systems of vehicles on the road.

The Salgaa-Sachang’wan section of the highway has become synonymous with grisly road accidents that have claimed hundreds of lives over the past decade.

On December 31 last year, 36 Kenyans died at Salgaa after the bus they were travelling in collided head on with a trailer. The accident happened barely two week after 16 people perished in horrific multiple crashes at the Sachang’wan black spot.

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