Plans for the development of the Nairobi Intelligent Transport System (ITS) project are making heads way. Recently, the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) invited bids for the establishment of the project’s first phase.
The bidding process will be reportedly conducted through a competitive process that will end on August 29. The successful bidder will construct as well as equip the Traffic Management Centre (TMC) building on a 10-acre parcel of land. The site is located in the City Cabanas area along the East African country capital city’s Mombasa Road.
The facility will reportedly be an integrated building with several floors housing smart traffic control systems. In addition, it will have stakeholders involved in city traffic management. The stakeholders include engineers, system specialists, and traffic police officers.
Extension and improvement of junctions of the main avenues of the city
As part of the first phase of the Nairobi Intelligent Transport System (ITS) project, the successful bidder will also work on the junctions of the main avenues of the city. The junctions in question include Moi Avenue/Kenyatta Avenue, Koinange/Kenyatta Avenue, Mbagathi Way/ Langata Road and Limuru Road/Muthaiga Road among others.
Particularly the company will carry out the extension of the junctions as well as the installation of traffic lights, signal controllers, CCTV cameras, vehicle control systems and communication networks at the junctions.
According to KURA, the implementation of this phase of the project is expected to commence in January next year and be completed by June 2026.
Cost and funding for the Nairobi Intelligent Transport System project
This phase of the project is estimated to cost 61 million dollars. It will be funded by the Korean Exim Bank.
Speaking on the project, KURA Director General Silas Kinoti said that it is a key project in the agency’s efforts to improve traffic flow and make Nairobi a more livable city. “We are thus grateful to the Korea Exim Bank for their support of the Nairobi Intelligent Transport System project.”