Japanese firm wins tender for phase 2 of Ngong Road project

Ongoing works on Ngong Road in Nairobi.
Ongoing works on Ngong Road in Nairobi. PHOTO/COURTESY
Japanese firm World Kaihatsu Kogyo (WKK) Co. Limited has been awarded a Sh2.3 billion tender for the second phase of Nairobi’s Ngong Road dualling project, the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) said on Monday.

In a statement, Kura announced that WKK – which is finalising work on phase one of the Ngong Road dualling project – was last week awarded a lucrative contract to undertake the second phase of the project that spans 2.4km from Prestige Plaza to Dagoretti Corner.

According to Kura, construction will commence in early March with the project earmarked for completion in two years.

Kura Director General Silas Kinoti said: “The dualling of Ngong Road Phase two from Prestige Plaza to Dagoretti Corner is set to start in early March. The section was awarded to World Kogyo Kaihatsu on January 25, at a cost of Sh2.3 billion, which is a grant from the Japanese government.”

The scope of work will involve construction of four vehicle lanes and a service lane on each side of the road, comprising cycling paths and pedestrian walkways.

The design also provides for the inclusion of a special bus lane to be used exclusively by public service buses without interfering with normal traffic flow, under the rapid bus transit system.

Another key feature of the road is the installation of ‘intelligent traffic lights’ at major intersections to allow a longer period of traffic flow from roads with most vehicles as opposed to the current lights that are time-based, restricted to allow and stop vehicles at intervals.

WKK is currently racing to complete phase one of the project, which involves converting the Kenya National Library Service and Prestige Plaza into a dual carriageway at a cost of Sh1.4 billion – funded by Japan.

In July last year, the government awarded a Sh2 billion contract to China Qinjian International Group for phase three of the Ngong Road upgrade project, which involves expansion of the 9.8km road from Dagoretti Corner to Karen shopping centre.

The project will be completed in three phases: starting from Dagoretti Corner –Karen Roundabout (6.2km), Karen Road (1.9km) and a section of Langata Road from Karen shopping center (1.7 km).

The scope of work involves construction of double- lane carriageways, and two roundabouts: one at Karen/Ngong road section and another one at the Karen/ Langata road junction.

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