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Outer Ring Road completion now set for September

The upgrade of the Outer Ring Road into a dual carriage way will be completed in two months.

Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Cabinet Secretary (CS) James Macharia on Thursday inspected the road being built as part of the ministry’s plan to decongest the capital city.

The Transport CS said the project is 80 per cent complete.

“We are hoping that completion of this road will be in early September. This is one of the key roads which will open up transport within the city. It is part of a wider scheme by the government in putting major investments in infrastructure,” he said.

Early May the government revised the project’s completion date from July 31 to December 2017 citing challenges in relocation of water and sewer lines among other constrains.

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

“Traffic management for the section between Jogoo Road and the Eastern Bypass junction had to be improved. A court stay order was also issued for a section near Jogoo Road junction and the same affected the works at the sections.”

The 13-kilometre projected constructed by Sinohydro Tianjin at a cost of Sh8 billion will upgrade Outer Ring Road into a dual carriage in a bid to expand its traffic carrying capacity to address congestion, and to provide social infrastructure such as market stalls for informal traders.

In 2013, the Jubilee administration promised to construct 10,000 kilometres of roads across the county.

To date, only 2,000 kilometres have been completed while 7,000 kilometres of roads are reportedly still under construction.

Deputy President William Ruto has, however, said that the figure in the Jubilee manifesto was for 10 years and not for the current five years the administration has been on power.