The dualling of Ngong Road Phase III from Dagoretti Corner to Karen Shopping Centre is set to start in August 2017. The contract has been awarded to a Chinese contractor, China Qinjian International Group (Kenya) Ltd which won through a competitive bidding process at a cost of Ksh1.98 billion.
The project is fully funded by the Government through the Development Vote and is expected to be complete within 24months. The dualling of 9.8 kilometre project will cover three sections: Dagoretti Corner-Karen Roundabout (6.2km); Karen Road (1.9km) and a small section of Langata Road from Karen shopping centre (1.7km). The scope of works include 6.5 metre wide, two lane carriageways, two roundabouts; one at Karen/Ngong road section and another one at the Karen/Lang’ata Road junction. Bus bays have also been factored and most crucial is the inclusion of Non-Motorized Transport (NMT’s) – (footbridges, footpaths and cycle paths). Also vital in the works is the landscaping for preservation of the environment and beautification.
This dualling is intended to ease movement of traffic, improve urbanization and bring economic growth especially to Karen and Ngong Town residents considering the unmatched development experienced in this part of Nairobi and Kajiado Counties.
This project comes in as part of the construction and infrastructure upgrades meant to elevate Nairobi City’s status and its environs and achieve the Vision 2030 objective of transforming the status of the country to a middle income economy. In addition, KURA has also connected Nairobi and Kajiado Counties through the upgrading of Ushirika Road that leads from Corporative College to Gataka Estate in Kajiado County. This is part of the many achievements aimed at accelerating investment in infrastructure to unlock the economic potential and support various economic sectors.
It is worth to note that the progress of the first Phase (Ngong Road from Kenya National Library to Ring Road junction) is now 58 per cent and will be completed in the next four months. The section between Ring Road Kilimani and Dagoretti Corner (Phase III) is scheduled start early next year with the agreement for funding set for signing on Tuesday 4th July, 2017 between National Treasury and the Japanese Government.
Meanwhile, we ask members of the public currently doing business along the corridor to cooperate during the development of the project.
China Qinjian International Group was established on July 15, 2008 has been involved in successful multi-billion construction works in Manilla, Philippines, Maun in Botswana and Punggol West in Singapore. This is its first entry in construction in Kenya.