Construction that will change the notoriously congested Ngong Road into a four-lane dual carriage way is set to begin in June courtesy of a Sh1.6bn grant from Japan.
According to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) President Akihiko Tanaka, the money will be used to expand the 4.7km stretch between Adams Arcade to the Ngong Road-Kenyatta Avenue junction.
“The project aims to make the section of Ngong Road between Adams Arcade roundabout and Kenyatta Avenue crossroad double in lanes,” said Mr Tanaka during a past tour of Jica projects in Kenya.
The three-year project, which will be handled by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura), has a projected completion date of February 2018 and will include construction of side-walks for pedestrians and cyclists.
Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Tatsushi Terada was recently quoted by local media as saying that Japan was awaiting a go-ahead by Kura before releasing the funds.
Mr Terada said the expansion of Ngong Road will ease traffic jam on the busy route.
“Once completed, it will reduce time wasted by motorists and pedestrians and cater for increased population in the future,” the envoy said.
Meanwhile, the much awaited expansion of Outering Road in Nairobi is set to begin following the award of a tender to SinoHydro Corporation, a Chinese firm that was involved in the construction of Thika Road.
The Sh8.5bn project will involve upgrading Outering Road from a single lane to a dual carriageway, an exercise that is expected to alleviate traffic jam in Eastlands while connecting Thika Road to Mombasa Road and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The upgrade of the two roads is part of Kura’s plan to ease traffic jam in Nairobi.
The roads agency is currently seeking for a consultant to conduct a study and prepare a comprehensive plan to ease traffic jam on roads leading to the city centre.