De-congestion of Nairobi traffic begins next week

March 25, 2015 10:16 am
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Transport PS indicated that contractors have already moved into some of the sites and are just waiting for schools to close before embarking on the project/FILE
Transport PS indicated that contractors have already moved into some of the sites and are just waiting for schools to close before embarking on the project/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 25 – Transport Principal Secretary Nduva Muli says an initiative between the Nairobi County Government and the Central Government seeking to eliminate roundabouts and replace them with signalised junctions on the county’s main roads is set to kick off from next week.

Speaking to Capital FM News on Wednesday, the Transport PS indicated that contractors have already moved into some of the sites and are just waiting for schools to close before embarking on the project.

He pointed out that the program seeks to remove six roundabouts from Kangemi all the way to Mombasa Road to eliminate obstruction which cause traffic jams.

“Work is actually beginning to take place. If you look at the Haile Selassie Avenue towards Ngong Road as you approach Nairobi Club for example, the contractor is already on site. They are moving towards Westlands as well. The equipment is being installed as we rollout the project,” he said.

He stated that it is envisaged that the project which aims to remove any right turnings at the Westlands and Bunyala roundabouts will decongest the Kenyan Capital thus aid in the improvement of its economy.

“Those were the soft measures. The physical measures are going to begin from around the start of April right through its end. The reason is that we know that during the school time, there are a lot of vehicles on the road and definitely these works will disrupt traffic and we do not want to have a negative impact during the school time,” he stated.

The Nairobi County Government had partnered with the Central Government in the Sh400 million initiative aimed at decongesting the Kenyan capital.

Nduva reiterated that on any given day, traffic can only be process from one given direction and stated that this was to be upgraded this into a signalised junction so as to have simultaneous movement.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero had stated that the initiative which also includes banning of licensing any new Public Service Vehicles and the banning of handcarts and trolleys from city roads will go a long way in reducing congestion and at the same time improve the country’s economy.

The medium term is to take place within six months and will involve the improvements being made to expand the road networks and various corridors in and out of the city.

In the initiative, PSVs will only be allowed five minutes at bus stops and 40 minutes at termini’s to drop and pick passengers.

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