Com­ple­tion of Sh8.2bn Outer­ring Road to cut travel time to 30 min­utes

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries -

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.

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