The construction of the Second Phase of Upperhill Road has commenced with two contractors selected to undertake the construction of approximately 25 kilometers of Upperhill Roads.This was unveiled today 8th February 2017 during a consultative meeting between KURA and Upperhill stakeholders.
The meeting was informed that the Government has set aside Ksh 3.5 billion for the upgrading of several roads in Upperhill in the next two years. These roads are expected to open up and transform Upperhill into a modern up market financial hub of the Region as envisaged in the Vision 2030.
Under the program several roads have been lined up for improvement and new links created to clear up traffic in and out of Upperhill to ease the movement of people, goods and services. The first project is the Upper Hill-Mbagathi Way Link Road project which will be done at a cost of Ksh 1.24 billion by Interways Works Ltd, whose works include rehabilitation of approximately 5 kilometers of roads within Kenya National Hospital and a 2 kilometers dual carriageway that links Upper Hill to Mbagathi Way. There will also be a link road from Matumbato Road (Geomap) to the dual carriageway.
The second project comprises of dualling of Lower Hill Road, Masaba Road, Matumbato Road, Chyulu Road, Parts of Upper Hill Road and Link Road between Chyulu Road and Ragati Road-spanning a distance of 6.5 kilometers. The contractor, Tosha Holdings Limited is expected to complete the kshs 2.25 billion works By December, 2018. Motorists who wish to join Mbagathi Way from Upper Hill area and vice versa will no longer have to pass through Ngong Road section as they will connect through the Link Road hence reducing the traffic.
Both projects which are funded by the Government of Kenya under Development Vote are running concurrently and are expected to realize an exponential growth in the economy. Footpaths and cycle tracks (NMT) on each side of the road have been factored to cater for cyclists and pedestrians. All other amenities attributed to modern urban roads are considered.
During the forum the stakeholders raised concerns on the time and disruptions they are going to experience during the implementation of the project citing the previous contractor in Phase One who took a long time to complete the works. They also raised issues on the available road corridor disruption of service relocation and drainage. Eng John Mwatu KURA’s Design and Construction General Manager who represented the Director General pledged that the works will be implemented effectively as lessons have been learnt from previous experiences.
“We have learned from our previous works and we are determined to ensure this will be a complete success”, he said. The project team was unveiled and they were tasked to cooperate effectively with service providers and residents to ensure effective consultations are held at every stage.
Upper Hill has been christened the capital’s financial hub and is home to various multi-nationals and business enterprises such as hotels and commercial banks. The area is rapidly growing, characterized by skyscrapers cropping up and most businesses seem to be shifting from the CBD and with this the demand for road infrastructure has gone up. This has prompted the government to prioritize expansion and rehabilitation of roads in this area, as it is bound to boost the economy that seems to be attracting investors. Dualling of Ngong Road Phase 1, which is currently at 29 per cent complete is also taking shape and with its expansion too, navigating will be easy and the gridlocks will be a thing of the past.
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