Busia County Government has received a total of 180 pieces 1.2 Diameter Armco culverts from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development.
Chief Officer for Public Works and Energy Moses Weunda said the equipment were part of the donation from Luxembourg , a landlocked country in Western Europe.
Weunda said the galvanized corrugated Armco steel pipes with a lifespan of 25 years can be able to bridge at least eight big river crossings and 13 small rivers.
He said the main focus will be in Teso North and Budalangi because of poor terrain, adding that other areas in the county with poor terrain will also be considered.
” Depending on the design, the culverts can be useful as footbridge crossing as well as heavy vehicle crossing,” he said, adding that corrugated steel pipes are widely used in highway, railway culvert, channels, bridges, tunnels and temporary pavements.
Weunda urged members of the public to be vigilant and discourage vandalism that come into play when the steep pipes will be assembled at various sites awaiting to be assembled.
He said the advantages over conventional culverts is that the real engineering cost is lower than similar span bridge culvert with short construction periods and reduction of cement. gravel sand and other pieces of rabble or dosage.
Director Public Works Architect Dixty Obingo thanked Engineer Francis Mayobo for the efforts he put in ensuring Busia also receives a share of the donated items.
Photo: Inspector buildings George Oyoda, Chief Officer Public Works Moses Weunda and Director Public Works inspecting the Armco culverts at the Public Works offices