Completion of Sh8.2bn Outerring Road to cut travel time to 30 minutes
The Outerring Road is set to be complete by next September, cutting travel time from the General Service Unit to JKIA from three hours to 30 minutes.
The Kenya Urban Road Authority yesterday said the Sh8.2 billion project is 38 per cent complete. The authority said the project was delayed for twoand -a-half months due to relocation of water, power and sewer lines.
It is funded by the Treasury and the Africa Development Bank and construcged by a Chinese firm.
Kura acting director general Silas Kinoti and board members inspected the project (pictured). “We had challenges relocating some of the services. The relocation is 90 per cent complete,”he said.
During the tour, the service lane from Jogoo Road through Kangundo Junction to Ruaraka was opened.
The project was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in January last year. It is estimated to benefit at least 2.2 million people. It will have 10 footbridges, service roads, walkways and cycling tracks.
Kinoti said improvement of the Outerring Road will transform Nairobi Eastlands into a modern suburban destination. He said compensation of landowners is ongoing.
Kinoti said the contractor will have to work round the clock to make up for lost time. “We want less and less traffic to the CBD. Other projects include the Waiyaki Way to Red Hill, a link from Ngong’ Road to Lang’ata and Ngong’ Road,” he said.
Board member Helen Nzinga urged contractorSino Hydro Tianjin to ensure there are trees along the 13km road.