President-elect William Ruto’s plate of tasks continues to grow after Kenyans demanded that the new Government adopts a technological strategy in construction of highways across the country.
In May 2022, the Government of Australia piloted a technology that introduced road-markings that glow in the dark to improve road safety for night motorists.
Mimicking the neon-green light, the country used a photoluminescent paint that glows similarly to those used for the hands of tactical watches.
In its pilot stage, the paint was applied to roads in the state of Victoria as part of a wider project that setback the country Ksh339 billion (USD2.82 million).
An Australian road that glows.
File Taking to social media, a number of Kenyans challenged Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) to adopt the technology and make the roads safer.
A number of motorists complained that Kenyan roads are dark in the night making it difficult to differentiate lanes – a challenge likely contributing to a spike in road crashes.
“Such technology should be applied in Kenya too… from Lodwar, the contractor did a good job if you have traveled that road at night.
“The road, bridges and barriers were fitted with light reflectors which make the road very visible! It makes driving easy and effortless!” Observed one user.
“This should be introduced in the Isiolo – Marsabit Highway,” added Mohamed Ahmed.
According to the Australian technology, there are three different types of markings to illuminate the road ranging from the photoluminescent to higher reflectivity.
To achieve higher reflectivity, thicker glass beads and thermoplastic are added into the paint which then guarantees visibility when the locomotive’s headlight hits the dye.
In the third instalment, an LED tactile is fitted at controlled pedestrian crossings that follows the traffic light to help the pedestrians.
Kenya, on the other hand, heavily relies on the plain white paint for road markings. In some instances, the country employed the thermoplastic road marking paint with glass beads to improve visibility.
Kenya’s Waiyaki Way in the dark.
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