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Ngong Road work to delay for 5 months

Road construction. Ngong Road is being expanded into a dual carriageway meant to ease traffic congestion. file photo | nmg
Road construction. Ngong Road is being expanded into a dual carriageway meant to ease traffic congestion. file photo | nmg 

Challenges in relocating water and electricity lines will delay completion of Ngong Road by five months.

The Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura), the agency overseeing construction, Thursday said the Sh1.4 billion stretch covering 2.57 kilometres will be completed in December and not July as earlier planned.

Construction started last August. Ngong Road is being expanded into a dual carriageway meant to ease traffic congestion.

“We expect to complete it by December, including road markings and signalisation,” Kura acting general manager in charge of Planning Daniel Muchiri briefed Infrastructure principal secretary John Mosonik during a media tour of ongoing Nairobi road projects.

He cited delays in shifting water, sewer and electricity lines which cost Sh300 million alongside creation of diversions to manage traffic.

Mr Muchiri, however, insisted that the work should be completed in July as earlier planned.

Japanese firm World Kaihatsu Kogyo is building the stretch between Kenya National Library and Prestige Plaza, the first phase of the road expansion plan. It’s funded by the Japanese government.

The second phase, meant to start in July, will cover the stretch between Prestige Plaza and Dagoretti Corner. Japan has expressed interest in financing the section as well.

Ngong Road expansion will involve building four vehicle as well as service lanes comprising pedestrian walks and cycling paths.

The design also provides for a special lane to be used exclusively by public service buses under the rapid transit system.

Intelligent traffic lights at major intersections are yet another special feature expected on the road.

Expansion of yet another city road, Outer Ring Road, is 73 per cent complete and on course to meeting the completion deadline of September, according to contractor Sinohydro Tianjin.

Construction of the Sh7.3 billion project started in September 2014 and also faced challenges in relocating utility lines.

Compensation for wayleaves stands at Sh3.5 billion or 48 per cent of the total project cost.

The PS said they are working on a joint framework with different government departments to address the hiccups in relocating utilities channels through joint planning for projects.

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