Phase two of Ngong Road dualling project to begin in March

Ongoing works on Ngong Road in Nairobi.
Ongoing works on Ngong Road in Nairobi. PHOTO/COURTESY
The second phase of dualling of Ngong Road is set to begin in March following the imminent completion of the initial segment of the multi-billion shilling road expansion project.

The Japanese government is next week expected to award a Sh3 billion tender for the 3.4km segment that runs from Prestige Plaza to Dagoretti Corner. The project will be completed in two years.

Construction of the first phase of the Ngong Road dualling project, which is also funded by Japan, is 98 complete – with the contractor, Japanese firm World Kaihatsu Kogyo, expected to conclude the work by July.

The road that stretches between Kenya National Library and Prestige Plaza is being built at a cost of Sh1.4 billion.

“The tender for the next phase from Prestige to Dagoretti Corner will be awarded next week in Japan. This will pave way for construction to start in the next three months,” Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) acting director in charge of planning and environment Daniel Muchiri said on Tuesday during a tour of the project.

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According to Mr Muchiri, the scope of work includes building four vehicle lanes as well as service lanes containing pedestrian walks and cycling paths.

The road is designed to provide for a special lane to be used solely by public service buses under the rapid transit system.

In July, the government awarded a Sh2 billion contract for phase three of Ngong Road dualling project running from Dagoretti Corner to Karen Shopping Centre.

The 9.8km segment will be undertaken by China Qinjian International Group.