The Government has comes to the rescue of members of the public in Kahawa West following series of fatal accidents along the Northern bypass by constructing a bridge linking two neighborhoods separated by the bypass. KURA held an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Stakeholders Consultative Meeting for the proposed construction of a flyover bridge across the Northern Bypass and approaches to Kahawa section on Tuesday 7th June, 2016.
This government funded project, under the Development Vote, will be done by Frontier Engineering Ltd at a cost of KShs.400 million and is expected to be complete by December, 2017. The scope of works include 40 meter long bridge across the Northern bypass with 2 kilometer long approach roads on either side of the bridge, acceleration and deceleration lanes off the bypass and leading into the approach roads will be included too. It will also include 1.5 meter
footpaths on each side of the road, road furniture and markings.
The meeting was held at Kamuthi House Conference Mall, off the Northern bypass and was attended by residents and business people in the area. Also present was the Nairobi County Administrator, Assistant County Commissioner, Chief and his assistant who equally participated in the brainstorming session.
The numerous and persistent accidents on this section of the road prompted KURA to consider constructing a bridge. The cross junction, deemed a black-spot, poses a safety risk and has claimed many lives and caused pain and grief, but once the bridge is complete, the area will be transformed. The bridge will also facilitate access from Kamiti Road onto the Northern Bypass thus easing congestion to accommodate the increasing population. The contractor is already on site mobilizing.
During the meeting, the issue of inclusion of youth and women into the project was raised. KURA was requested to employ locals as casuals to earn a living and be able to sustain themselves instead of staying idle. KURA promised to also include bumps, as requested by residents, once the bridge is complete. Street lighting is not part of the project as it was agreed that the County government of Nairobi would take the responsibility of installing.
Githurai Division Assistant County Commissioner Mr. Kennedy Changando praised KURA for the commendable work done with regards to road construction, specifically singling out the proposed flyover bridge that would spur development in the area and reduce fatalities. He also echoed the strong statement by KURA concerning encroachers, urging them to pave way for road construction. He assured KURA of co-operation from his administration and assistance in case any problem arises.