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Ngong road upgrade phase III in Nairobi to be completed in May

Phase III expansion of ngong road in Nairobi into a dual carriageway is currently 83% complete. This particular phase which is a 9.8km stretch that begins from Dagoretti Corner to Karen Shopping Centre is expected to be complete by May this year.

The over US $21m project was awarded to Chinese firm, Quinjian International Group (K) Limited in 2017. Funding for the project was sourced fully from the government through the Development Vote and covers three sections: Dagoretti Corner-Karen Roundabout (6.2km), Karen Road (1.9km) and a small section of Langata Road from Karen shopping centre (1.7km).

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Scope of work

The Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), the agency overseeing the project, said the scope of works include 6.5m wide, two-lane carriageways, two roundabouts, one at Karen/Ngong Road section and another one at the Karen/Lang’ata Road junction.

The design will also entail bus bays as well as non-motorised transport (NMT’s) – footbridges, footpaths and cycle paths. Landscaping for preservation of the environment and beautification has also been incorporated in the design.

According to Kura the project is part of the construction and infrastructure upgrades meant to elevate Nairobi City’s status and its environs and achieve the Vision 2030 objective of transforming the status of the country to a middle income economy.

Ngong Road is being upgraded in three phases. Phase I runs from Kenya National Library to Ring Road junction while Phase II runs from the Ring Road junction to Dagoretti corner; both are currently in use. Both phases were implemented by Japanese contractor World Kaihatsu Kogyo Limited, at a cost of US $12.8m.

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Dennis Ayemba
Country/ Features Editor, Kenya

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