Spare no effort in improving city’s road network
More than 15 key roads are set for major works starting this Tuesday.
It is expected that upon completion in three years’ time, the roads — either widened or made into dual carriageways — will go a long way towards easing the city’s notorious traffic jams.
Those given priority include a road linking Westlands to Thika Road through Parklands.
Limuru Road will be converted into a dual carriageway up to the Muthaiga roundabout while Enterprise Road from the junction of Homabay Road to Likoni Road will be improved.
Likoni Road itself will be converted into a dual carriageway from the Enterprise Road junction to Mombasa Road.
Lusaka Road from DT Dobie will also be converted into a dual carriageway up to the Toyota HQ at the Nyayo Stadium roundabout while Eastleigh’s First Avenue will be decongested through the expansion of Muratina Road, cutting across Juja Road to join the Thika Superhighway.
To minimise jams and enhance traffic flow at the Globe Roundabout, a bridge will be built to link Accra Road across Nairobi River to Ngara.
In all, 17.2 km of new dual carriageways will be built, which will include about 4km of new single carriageway roads and the rehabilitation of 6km of existing single carriageway roads.
The county recently announced plans were underway to replace roundabouts on the city’s major roads with underpasses and flyovers.
The Jogoo road/Outering road roundabout is known for its jams especially during rush hours, as is the Westlands roundabout.
It was expected that works on Outering Road, running all the way from Thika Road to the Taj Mall would start last month but this has yet to happen.
The latest from the county is that the works will begin in August.
It is the expectation of every resident that the county will spare no effort to ensure that not just the 15 key roads are fixed but the entire road network in the city.
Nairobians have for long wasted valuable time in jams and it is imperative that the county addresses this once and for all.