Infrastructure Principal Secretary, Eng. John Mosonik and KURA Acting Director General Eng. Silas Kinoti among other roads officials toured the Project for Dualling of Nairobi-Dagoretti Corner Road (Phase 1) on Wednesday 10th August, 2016. The road is one of the key arterials conveying traffic to and from the Central Business District (CBD) and is among the many projects meant to reduce traffic congestion in Nairobi city.
The Project covering 2.57km of the road involves upgrading from a 2-lane to 4-lane road, inclusive of provision of Non-Motorized Traffic Facilities such as cycle Tracks and walkways on both sides of the road. Provision of safety features such as road signs and street lighting for sufficient night vision for motorists and pedestrians have also been factored in.
The project is funded by a Grant from the Government of Japan through Japan International Co-operation (JICA) at a cost of Kshs1.32 billion. The Construction contract has been awarded to M/s World Kaihatsu Kogyo Co. Ltd (WKK) while the supervision consultant is M/s Katahira & Engineers International (KEI). The project is expected to be completed by August 2017.
Infrastructure PS noted that relocation of services and traffic management is the major challenge encountered by KURA during construction of roads not only in this road project, but most road projects under its mandate such as the Outer Ring Road.
Once completed, the project will greatly reduce traffic congestion within Nairobi and improve access to Nairobi CBD.
Acting Director General Eng. Silas Kinoti pointed out that Kenya Urban Roads Authority is on a mission to ensure traffic congestion in the city is minimized by reducing the number of right turns, improving junctions and introduction of Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS). He also noted that opening up of link roads such as the on-going Waiyaki Way-Red Hill link road and Otiende-Ayany link road, among others will play a major role in reducing transport costs and time spent on the roads. He called on the public to co-operate with the contractors as benefits will be realized once the projects are complete. He noted that such benefits have been realized in other completed projects, a case in point being the Nairobi Western Ring Roads project that has improved traffic flow in Kilimani area and its environs.