Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta has on Friday last week officially launched the expansion project of the 13km Outer Ring Road in Nairobi. The new project is expected to be complete by September 2016.
The US$ 142m road construction and development project will lead to a big transformation in the densely populated area as it will bring down the transportation costs, help to decongest the city, and attract new investors. The road expansion/construction project will involve converting the current one into a six-lane highway with interchanges and over-passes. Construction of 10 Eastern missing links will also be carried out during the project.
The road project will, in particular, involve construction of two lanes in each direction, service roads, 10 footbridges, non-motorised transport facilities and six interchanges.
It is fully funded by African Development Bank and the European Union in partnership with the Kenyan government and is being undertaken by a Chinese company, Sinohydro Corporation.
President Kenyatta called on, Kenya Urban Road Authority (KURA), which is the implementing agency to ensure the project is completed within set time while quality was assured. He also thanked AfDB for funding the project.
Speaking at the event, the Director for the African Development Bank’s East Africa Regional Resource Centre (EARC), Gabriel Negatu, said this adds to other bold projects funded by the organization would modernize the Kenya’s capital, Nairobi city.
The project will also help in training of youths to get relevant skills. “At least 500 youths from poor and vulnerable backgrounds will be trained mainly in roads and highway related middle-level programs. The training areas will include cobblestone technology; building and construction; and plant operations,” the regional director added.
European Union has also funded other projects in the country, including the three bypasses and the Western Ring Roads, among others. It has also been indicated that the new road construction project will also improve the feed from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.