The ongoing construction of four footbridges along Thika Highway will cost tax payers a whopping Sh820 million.
The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) assistant director for communication Charles Njogu told Nairobi News they expect the four to be completed by December.
Upon completion of the footbridges, KeNHA will remove all safety bumps installed in the four locations to speed up traffic flow as well as enhance safety of pedestrians.
Interways Works Limited have been contracted to install the Witeithie and Mangu footbridges at a cost of Sh430 million, while Fourway Construction Limited will erect the Garden City and Survey of Kenya footbridges at a cost of Sh390 million.
The construction of the bridges started in May.
KeNHA also plans to construct social amenities like a bus stop, public toilets and mini stalls that will be maintained by the contractor in charge of the highway.
Thika Road is fitted with 18 footbridges, with 10 more designed but yet to be erected due to lack of funds.
KeNHA is considering floating an infrastructure bond through public private partnerships (PPPs) and concessions of targeted roads as a means to check infrastructure costs.