Nairobi County set to invest in new road patching technology

Written By: Claire Wanja
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The new technology is a first-of-its kind in the region and the most technically advanced available anywhere in the world.
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Nairobi County Government has Monday entered into an agreement with AEA Ltd (Formerly Avery East Africa) to offer its innovative Velocity Road Patching technology to repair roads.

Coming on the heels of Nairobi County’s commitment to fix its road infrastructure, the agreement could see the TransCentury Group subsidiary lease or sell its machinery to the County for restoration of Nairobi roads.

The cold asphalt-based Velocity Road Patching machine technologies, recognised globally as the best method of repairing damage to a road surface, specialises in filling potholes, cutting repair costs by up to 40 per cent.

The Sh50 million machinery, seals damaged pot holes in three minutes, a departure from pothole repair in Kenya which currently involves manual digging using a road-rollers taking hours.

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Speaking during a demonstration at Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi Governor Hon. Mike Sonko, said his administration is keen to tackle the road infrastructure menace through effective and cost-efficient technology.

“We are committed to working with infrastructure partners through various financing models to ensure we uplift the basic road infrastructure. Proper infrastructure will reduce the cost of doing business significantly in the county which will create numerous business opportunities for Kenyans that translates to improvement of the country’s GDP,” said Hon. Sonko.

Hon. Sonko said Nairobi is among the Counties that have set aside billions of shillings for repair of urban roads and is looking to cut on roads expenditure substantially spent on patching roads.

Nicholus Kithinji, AEA Ltd Managing Director said the technology has been tried and tested in developed economies and is fully complaint with the National Highway Sector Scheme 13 and Code of Practise for Innovative Patching Systems.

“AEA is targeting county governments with the new innovative equipment so that the new administrations can save money in repeat jobs as well as speed up small scale road construction works,” reinforced Mr Kithinji.

The machines are being supplied by a UK company, Velocity, in partnership with AEA Ltd which has been using them to patch potholes in the European country. The purchase price includes cost of personnel training.

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