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Why part of Ngong Road will be inaccessible for a week

By Hillary Orinde | Published Fri, November 10th 2017 at 16:28, Updated November 10th 2017 at 16:59 GMT +3
Work at City Mortuary Roundabout on Ngong Road. [Photo:Courtesy]

You will not be able to use a section of Ngong Road in Nairobi from Sunday November 12, 2017 to November 19.

This follows a move by Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) to close one side of the dual carriage way to allow for construction.

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In an alert to motorists, the authority says Ngong Road from City Mortuary roundabout to Kenya National Library service in Upper Hill will be closed to allow surface works along that section.

The first phase of construction aimed that expanding the busy Ngong Road into a dual carriageway was launched in August 2016 and was due for completion in July, 2017.

Expected to ease traffic along that road, the 2.6 kilometre stretch cost Sh1.3 billion. The project, which is sponsored by a grant from the Japanese government, seeks to break ground for a bus rapid transport or light railway to be built later.

However, the Japanese contractor World Kaihatsu Kogyo Ltd. ran months late owing to challenges of shifting of water and power lines along the road.

KURA has requested motorists to use alternative routes during that period.