NATIONAL ROAD NETWORK COVERAGE

Board to disburse Sh55 billion for national roads maintenance

Money will be distributed to the various road agencies according to the KRB Act No. 7 of 1999.

In Summary

• The road agencies are Kenya National Highway Authority, Kenya Urban Roads Authority, Kenya Rural Roads Authority and Kenya Wildlife Service.

• Section 19 (4) of the KRB Act requires the board to review individually the annual road programmes submitted by the road agencies

Roadworks at the Western Bypass.
Roadworks at the Western Bypass.
Image: FILE

Kenya Roads Board will disburse Sh55 billion towards maintenance of national road network coverage in the country for the Financial Year 2021-22.

In a statement released on Monday, the board stated that the money will be distributed to the various road agencies according to the KRB Act No. 7 of 1999.

The road agencies are Kenya National Highway Authority, Kenya Urban Roads Authority, Kenya Rural Roads Authority and Kenya Wildlife Service.

Section 19 (4) of the KRB Act requires the board to review individually the annual road programmes submitted by the road agencies and consolidate the Annual Roads Works Programmes (ARWPs) into Annual Public Roads Programme (APRP).

The APRP has been prepared based on printed estimates for collections of the Kenya Roads Board Fund(KRB-F) amounting to Sh69,119,918,367, including Road Annuity Fund.

The APRP outlines the planned Road Maintenance Works that will be carried out by the Road Agencies during Financial Year 2021/2022.

KRB Director General, Rashid Mohammed, said that this Annual Public Roads Programme (APRP) for Financial Year 2021-22 has been prepared in line with the Board’s vision of “an efficient Road network for a prosperous nation”.

"The APRP has been prepared in close consultation with Road Agencies to ensure the Government’s strategic objectives of attainment of the Big Four Agenda and realization of Vision 2030 are incorporated in the programme.” Mohammed said.

In the current budget estimates, Kenha will receive Sh26,592,551,020, and Kerra (Road Class C) Sh14,590,870,343.

Kura (Urban Roads Classes UA, UB & UC) and KWS (Roads within National Parks and Game Reserves) has been allocated Sh6,651,970,473 and Sh651,338,776 respectively.

Further, Sh6,513,387,755 has been set aside for Roads Sector Investment Programme Gaps.

The national road network to be covered in the APRP is 48,418km which is about 30 per cent of the entire road network in the country.

The total planned length comprises of various works categories which include routine maintenance on 25,361 km, periodic maintenance on 916 km, performance-based maintenance contracts on 9,422 km, spot improvement on 7,695 km and upgrading on 24 km of roads across the country.

Additionally, approximately 5,000km will have their intervention decided and planned for in the course of the financial year.

Each road agency got additional money compared to the previous Financial Year 2020/2021 where Kenha was allocated Sh25 billion, Kerra Sh13 billion, Kura Sh6,447,467,130 and KWS Sh631,314,490.

The Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works will coordinate and oversee the smooth implementation of the APRP 2021-22 for timely delivery of the work.

 

Edited by CM