The State Department for Infrastructure is one of the five State Departments that make up the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works. It draws its mandate from the Executive Order No. 1 0f 2018 (revised). The State Department is the policy maker and provides oversight and regulatory role to all infrastructure agencies and players in the infrastructure subsector and to some extent the broader infrastructure sector. Its functions are; the National Roads Development Policy, Development, standardization, and maintenance of Roads, materials and testing and advice on usage, protection of road reserves, maintenance of security roads and registration of road contractors.
The mandate of the State Department is to oversee development, rehabilitation, maintenance and overall management of the public road network in the country. It also includes the provision of technical advice to other Government Ministries and Agencies as well as the general public on road related issues.
A key focus of our Government’s roads program is to maintain a transportation system that puts the safety of all road users at the forefront, and as our infrastructure vision moves forward we continue to enhance our programs and services to best and securely serve all road users in the country.
The Government of Kenya has been undertaking reforms aimed at enhancing quality, efficiency and transparency in service delivery by public sector institutions. The Government’s commitment towards implementing reforms in roads sub-sector was clearly demonstrated by the development of the three agencies, Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA) and the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) as provided in the Kenya Roads Act 2007.
To achieve its mandate, the Ministry’s main objective is to facilitate adequate provision of physical infrastructure through policy formulation, research, design, supervision and regulation of standards in roads development and maintenance in the country.