Construction that will change the notoriously congested Ngong Road into a four-lane dual carriage way is set to begin soon courtesy of a Sh1.6 billion 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 his recent tour of JICA projects in Kenya.
The three-year project, which will be handled by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority, has a projected completion date of February 2015 and will include construction of side-walks for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Sh1.6 billion grant brings to Sh30.6 billion the amount of money that Japan has given Kenya for road construction in the past two weeks.
Ten days ago, the Kenyan government secured a Sh29 billion loan from Japan for the construction of the proposed 25.7km Dongo Kundu bypass in Mombasa and a link road to the new container terminal in Kipevu.
The loan will be repaid for a period of 30 years at an interest rate of 1.2 per cent, after a grace period of ten years.
The construction of the bypass road is aimed at de-congesting Mombasa by providing an alternative to the Likoni ferry by linking the mainland with the south coast.
Japan is also eyeing prospects in the Lamu Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) project with plans to begin feasibility studies soon.