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First phase of Ngong Road dualling set to end in April

Traffic jam on Ngong Road in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Traffic jam on Ngong Road in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG  

Motorists on Ngong Road will continue to bear heavy traffic after the completion of the upgrade of the way to dual carriage was delayed again to April.

The road whose construction started in May 2011 was initially due for completion in June and pushed back to November.    

“We are hoping that completion of this road will be in April next year. We are on time and soon people living in the city will waste no time on the road,” said Infrastructure Cabinet secretary James Macharia.

“It may appear that we are not moving quickly, however, I can say that most of the work has been done,” he told the Business Daily without giving details as to why the project delayed again.

In May, the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura), the agency overseeing construction, attributed the delay to challenges in relocating water and electricity line.

Ngong Road is being upgraded in three phases. Phase one, which is delayed, runs from Kenya National Library to Ring Road junction.

Japanese contractor World Kaihatsu Kogyo Limited is building the road at Sh1.4 billion. Phase two will run from Ring Road junction to Dagoretti Corner while Phase three of the project will starts from Dagoretti Corner to Karen Shopping Centre.

The government awarded the Sh2 billion tender for the dualling of Ngong Road Phase three in July. The 9.8-kilometre phase three is being constructed by China Qinjian International Group (Kenya) in a Sh2 billion contract awarded in July and set to end after two years.

Works on Ngong Road includes a 6.5-metre wide, two lane carriageways, two roundabouts, one at Karen-Ngong road section and another one at the Karen/-Langata road junction.

The road is one of the busiest road in Nairobi linking the southern part of the city to the capital.