Why traffic congestion on Ngong road won't end any time soon

Motorists to wait a bit longer for the completion of the 1.4 billion road

All motorists plying on Ngong road may have to bear with traffic congestion for a bit longer as completion of the Sh1.4 billion stretch will be delayed by five more months.

This is means that the 2.5 kilometre long-road will be completed in December and not July as earlier planned.

The delay in its completion is as a result of challenges in relocating water and electricity lines.

“We expect to complete it by December, including road markings and signalization,” said Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) acting general manager in charge of planning Daniel Muchiri.

The difficulties in fixing electricity poles as well as relocating the water and sewer lines are said to cost Sh300  million alongside creation of diversions to manage traffic.

Mr. Muchiri however said that the work, which started last August, should be completed in July as earlier planned.

The first phase of the road expansion plan is being built between Kenya National Library and Prestige Plaza stretch by Japanese firm World Kaihatsu Kogyo.

The second phase to start in July will cover the stretch between Prestige Plaza and Dagoretti Corner.

Expansion of the road will involve building four vehicle and vehicle lanes comprising pedestrian walks and cycling paths.

Additionally, there will be intelligent traffic lights at major intersections are another special feature to be featured on the road.

Similarly, the expansion of Nairobi’s Outer Ring road, whose construction started towards the end of 2014, is 73 per cent complete and is on track to meet the September deadline.

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