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Governor Kidero’s Yellow boxes to ease CBD traffic

By Graham Kajilwa | Feb 29th 2016 | 2 min read

Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero has come up yet with another plan to ease the traffic in the Central Business District.

After trying the famous drums, announcing plans to convert main streets into one way and approving a Sh58 billion master plan last year, Kidero has resorted to a quicker method and less expensive.

Traffic in the CBD will be controlled by simple yellow lines drawn to form boxes at the intersections.

The County government has re-introduced the yellow boxes at Junctions as a way to help ease traffic in the CBD.

The yellow box junctions will be placed at intersections that are notoriously congested. These are the intersection  along Kenyatta Avenue, Mama  Ngina Street, Wabera Street, City hall way and most areas where there are X junctions (Crossed junctions) are located.

“If the traffic light is green, motorists are encouraged not to enter the yellow box unless the exit is clear. Drivers that enter the yellow box intersections illegally will be arrested and prosecuted by the Nairobi City County government Traffic Marshalls with obstruction as per the traffic act,” read a statement signed by the County communication Director Beryl Okundi.

It added: “The County government is asking motorists to fully co-operate as we would like to ensure the city and its environs are decongested and ensure free flow of traffic.”

In June 2015, Nairobi County has reportedly approved Sh58 billion (USD600 million) cable car investment plan of two years that was supposed to help ease flow of traffic in a public private partnership deal.

The firm, Trapos Africa, the consultants claimed to have come up with a master plan similar to what they had in Mombasa to get rid to the city traffic nightmare.

Later in the year, Governor Kidero announced plans to have key streets converted into one-ways routes as part of the strategies to get rid of traffic.

Kimathi Street, Moi Avenue, Koinange Street, Tom Mboya and Kirinyaga Road were the targeted streets.

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