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Kidero abandons drums, converts CBD roads to one-way streets

Key roads in the central business district (CBD) will be converted into one-way streets in a bid to decongest the city in the next four months.

The roads affected are Moi Avenue, Koinange Street, Kimathi Street, Tom Mboya Street, River Road and Kirinyaga Road.

 

Kenyatta Avenue will, however, be divided, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero said on Tuesday.

The governor said that in the coming days, most streets in the CBD would free of traffic snarl-ups following the new measures.

CLOSED ROUNDABOUTS

Dr Kidero said that since the county government started closing roundabouts in the city, the flow of vehicles had increase by 30 per cent.

“Preliminary results show that the removal of roundabouts has increased traffic flow by 30 per cent but we will not limit it to roundabouts but all the streets in the town,” he said.

He added that the removal of the Westlands roundabout and Tom Mboya Street’s Nation House roundabout had significantly improved the flow of traffic in the areas.

“You have seen where we have closed a roundabout, traffic flow is much better and Nairobi has become more secure, allowing a 24-hour economy,” he said.

The county government began the plan to decongest the city earlier this year by replacing roundabouts with signalised junctions.

The programme was supposed to remove six roundabouts from Kangemi all the way to Mombasa Road to eliminate obstruction that causes traffic jams.