Sarah Ndungu @ndungusarah
Machakos County has registered another first, tarmacking a kilometre of road in a record 10 minutes instead of the average one hour. Governor Alfred Mutua, who oversaw the start of tarmacking of the new 21-kilometre Kivandini-Masinga town road, said the process is one way his Maendeleo Chap Chap party will prove that it is possible to speed up development through efficiency.
“When complete, the road will link Mutwamwaki, Kalundu, Musingini, Mikimari, Masinga and Kivuthi markets to Masinga town on tarmac,” he said. Mutua said the process is borrowed from construction practice in the United States, Dubai, China and Australia and shows it it possible to build roads in record time.
“There are no external contractors employed on the project and all the work is being done by county workers and equipment,” he said. Under the plan, the different machines are arranged to work in sync to ensure seamless operation.
Bitumen is distributed followed by the drum roller and the nematic roller and chip spreads in a well coordinated arrangement to ensure the road is ready for use within a matter of minutes.