The Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) has begun the implementation of the Umoja-Innercore road project in Nairobi’s Embakasi west constituency.
In a statement, the authority disclosed that the project will see eight roads rehabilitated in Umoja Estates and its environs. These roads include the Ruaraka Crescent Road, Kangundo Moi Drive link, Malewa-Mwangaza Road, Nasra Estate Road, Kifaru-Mutindwa Road, Kangundo Service Road, Mowlem Link Road, and Outer Ring Road links.
The project scope includes upgrading a seven-meter-wide two-lane carriageway into bitumen standards, as well as the construction of two-meter footpaths, bus bays, and drainage facilities. In addition to the project scope, there will be road marking and street lighting installation.
The contractor has been given a timeline to complete the project before the end of November next year.
Impact the project is expected to have on the estate
According to George Theuri, the Embakasi West Member of Parliament this project will open up Umoja estate and its environs to commercial ventures, enable its residents to move with ease, improve security, create local employment, and improve connectivity within the entire Embakasi West region.
The project will also supplement the Nairobi Regeneration Programme that focuses on infrastructure and transport, housing and settlement, energy, water resources, environment, and solid waste, among others.
Under this program, the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) recently collaborated with KURA for the construction of a 28-kilometer road in Kibra as part of its project to rehabilitate 444 kilometers of roads expected to be completed in one year’s time.
According to the NMS Boss, Mohammed Badi, the aim of the 444-kilometer road project is to increase accessibility in the informal settlements. The areas that will benefit from this project include Kawangware, Riruta, parts of Dagoretti North, Mathare, Kangemi, and Mukuru, as well as Kibera, parts of Githurai 44 and 45, Mwiki, and Zimmermann.