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Governor Kidero unveils Sh6.5b road project to ease traffic jams in Nairobi

NAIROBI
By Josphat Thiong'o | November 4th 2016
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero during an interview with The Standard in his office on 20-10-16 [PHOTO: MOSES OMUSULA/Standard]

A Sh6.5 billion road will be constructed in a bid to ease traffic congestion in the city.

Quarry Road, a two-kilometre stretch from Ngara through Gikomba and to Landhies Road, will be expanded into a dual carriage way.

The project is expected to take one year.

"The road is part of missing link number 16 whose construction had been stalled by encroachment of land by business people. Once completed, we will be able to deal with traffic jams more efficiently," said Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.

EXPAND ROAD

Speaking when he launched the project yesterday, the governor further revealed that the exercise would also entail the expansion of Accra Road, which was the missing link connecting the lower central business district to Park Road.

The 800-metre road is also expected to be completed within a year.

Kidero said the project had stalled due to encroachment by small-scale traders, Jua Kali artisans and mechanics.

"I would like to assure traders that they will not be evicted but I am urging them to let the contractors do their work. Once the roads are completed, they can go back to their businesses," he said.

The governor also officially unveiled two new roads that were recently renamed on Mashujaa Day celebrations.

Cross Road was changed to Charles Rubia Road in honour of the veteran's contribution to the second liberation.

Prof Wangari Maathai Road, formerly known as Forest Road at the Pangani interchange, was also unveiled in honour of the conservationist.

Meanwhile, Transport executive Mohamed Abdulahi said the city management was working on introducing high capacity transport vehicles to ease congestion.

The executive said there are 30,000 transport vehicles and  half of them are 14 seaters.

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