The contractors working on the earmarked road links under the Timboroa- Meteitei- Kopere and Chepterwai- Kapkatembo roads have been asked to expedite and complete them for they are behind schedule.
Making the call during the inspection of the roads and their progress earlier in the week, the Senior Director Presidential Delivery Unit Richard Tutah said the project which started in 2017 had its contract expires in 2020.
The director who was accompanied by the members of the Regional Development Implementation and Coordination Committee (RDICC) and the County Development and Implementation Coordination Committee (CDICC) instructed the contractors to speed up the works which are currently at 57.58 % complete and ensure the roads are complete by March, 2022.
“The timelines have already elapsed, 1782 days (162.74 % of contract period) and the works done are also not commensurate, work around the clock to ensure the roads are ready for commissioning by May 2022,” said Tutah.
The Contractor, M/s Sobetra Kenya Limited requested for an extension of the contract period by 315 days and urged the employer (GOK) to make payments to enable the project completion.
The team supervised the current works including repair works, earthworks, concrete works and Gabions installation at the Timboroa –Kopere Link (49.16Km).
Six out of ten box culverts have been constructed. The construction of a bridge at Km 20+449 has commenced with the excavation for the foundation, casting of the bases done while steel fixing is ongoing.
The construction of cross culverts and sleeve ducts has been completed and currently the contractor is working on access culverts.
For the Kaiboi- Kapkatembo road link (26.4 Km) and Kipkare Selia to Kaiboi Centre(12km) only maintenance works were being carried out though the contractor suspended the works pending payments.
The team noted other challenges affecting the project to include frequent landslides prompted by heavy rains in the area leading to subsequent damage to pavement layers and parts of the road being cut off.
The contract sum for the project is Sh. 3.78 billion, with an advance payment of Sh. 1.63 billion made. A variation of Sh. 200 million is under process to cater for an added road link