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Old August 22nd, 2012, 01:36 PM   #2261
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Vandals frustrate Thika Highway completion


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Johnson Matu, who is the Project Director on the Thika Superhighway with APEC Consultants, says efforts to get the road to international standards are being eroded by vandals/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 21 – The issue of vandalism is proving to be a thorn in the side of contractors putting finishing touches on the Thika Superhighway that is nearing commissioning in a few months.

Though the highway has done a lot to ease traffic congestion for motorists, the roads’ fixtures that is meant to aid the flow and safety of cars on the road, has been targeted by unscrupulous vandals.

Johnson Matu, who is the Project Director on the Thika Superhighway with APEC Consultants, says efforts to get the road to international standards are being eroded by vandals.

“When we started laying the street lighting cables about three kilometres were stolen and wherever we put a sign it was stolen within the hour. Road fittings ordinarily would be about 10 percent of the construction cost of the road,” he said.

The contractors have resorted to mounting the road signs higher up and even using alternative materials such as hard plastic which is cheaper than the traditional steel, to discourage theft.

Matu made an appeal to the government to ban scrap metal dealers, who he says have fuelled vandalism of crucial road furniture such as street lights, barriers and road signs.

“The government should just ban metal dealers. Kenya does not produce metal and I don’t understand how metal dealers can survive in this market if they don’t steal. I am worried about what Thika Road will look like in two to three years if metal dealing is not banned,” he said.

The relocation of service lines, water pipes and power lines has seen the Highway’s completion date delay from December 2011 to March 2012 to June this year.

The relocation process and land acquisition has cost an estimated Sh5 billion.

Now about 98 percent complete, the Thika Superhighway will have 17 footbridges servicing pedestrians along the 42 kilometres stretch from Nairobi to Thika town.

It is expected to accommodate 300,000 cars daily over the next 20 years.

The contractors will officially hand over the road to the government next month, with the commissioning expected in November this year.
http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/business/...ay-completion/
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 04:12 PM   #2262
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 07:27 PM   #2263
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3 km's of cabling??Someone had to have seen something.
Now we cant even see Thika road with lights at night due to the stupid Kenyans.
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 07:45 PM   #2264
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If Kenya does not produce metal, when hardly any country in Africa would be a metal producer. The only controlled-access highway for Kenya, and vandals have to hinder it all. Why do vandals have to intentionally hinder something that is brand-new?
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 10:44 PM   #2265
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Because they are vandals
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 11:14 PM   #2266
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Vandals need to learn this: "You don't need to mess with brand new infrastructure."
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 02:33 AM   #2267
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Seriously, when will the Kenyan government learn that the use of alternative materials are the only solution to ending vandalism.There is total lack of foresight from the government.They should have factored in vandalism when designing the highway fittings.Use Plastic Road signage, block/cement/wood street lighting poles etc.

Why spend billions on materials which are highly valuable when you could use alternative materials that have little to zero value for vandals?
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 09:10 AM   #2268
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Seriously, when will the Kenyan government learn that the use of alternative materials are the only solution to ending vandalism.There is total lack of foresight from the government.They should have factored in vandalism when designing the highway fittings.Use Plastic Road signage, block/cement/wood street lighting poles etc.

Why spend billions on materials which are highly valuable when you could use alternative materials that have little to zero value for vandals?
I think they are on the right track on this but there are things you cannot substitute without spiraling the cost, what for example would be the alternative for crash metal barriers lining up the whole stretch? Concrete? that would push the cost up by several billions.
They have done at least a step further by using plastic signs but if the vandals are interested in even the cables laid how will the highway be lit? The govt is between a rock and a hard place on the issue but the blame lies squarely with them, if they cannot secure this investment let them outsource to private security providers.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 09:12 AM   #2269
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Seriously, when will the Kenyan government learn that the use of alternative materials are the only solution to ending vandalism.There is total lack of foresight from the government.They should have factored in vandalism when designing the highway fittings.Use Plastic Road signage, block/cement/wood street lighting poles etc.

Why spend billions on materials which are highly valuable when you could use alternative materials that have little to zero value for vandals?
Some of the material may not have an alternative like cables. But those with an alternative, they better shift immediately to cheaper and vandal-free options.
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The govt is between a rock and a hard place on the issue but the blame lies squarely with them, if they cannot secure this investment let them outsource to private security providers.
Until the police in Kenya is reformed into something capable of enforcing the rule of law, an armed PSC force with the authority to perform arrests, and to shoot at sight when necessary, is probably the only solution.

The cost of hiring a small force from a PSC would probably be far lower than the amounts lost to vandalism. As an added benefit, they would probably be so efficient in taking out the bastards, that there would be none of them left after a month!
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Until the police in Kenya is reformed into something capable of enforcing the rule of law, an armed PSC force with the authority to perform arrests, and to shoot at sight when necessary, is probably the only solution.

The cost of hiring a small force from a PSC would probably be far lower than the amounts lost to vandalism. As an added benefit, they would probably be so efficient in taking out the bastards, that there would be none of them left after a month!
I would rather wait for the police force to get it's brains back than issue another security firm such powers.With the money used to hire the new firm, they could increase police patrols and show presence.
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Old August 25th, 2012, 06:33 PM   #2272
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This video has some interesting aerials:
  • Pangani interchange aerial at 1:36
  • Underpass at 1:16
  • Muthaiga section at 2:34

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Old August 25th, 2012, 11:14 PM   #2273
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Old August 25th, 2012, 11:19 PM   #2274
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where is this?
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where is this?
Thika Road...from the clip above
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Old August 26th, 2012, 06:05 AM   #2276
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The last 2 pics sort of don't look like real images.even in the videos.
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The road is magnificent in ariel photos and I can not wait for higher resolution clips and photos of the road. From the few in this clip, It is perfect!
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Old August 26th, 2012, 07:51 PM   #2279
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Are the pics real because i dont see the road like this from the ground
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Old August 26th, 2012, 10:21 PM   #2280
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Are the pics real because i dont see the road like this from the ground
Einstein, it is because they were taken from the sky!
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