Motorists and the business community in Nairobi’s Industrial Area will from March 2020 experience traffic ease after the envisaged completion and commissioning of the Likoni-Enterprise Road interchange.
According to the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) who are undertaking the project, the lifting and placement of the beams on the 90 meter overpass will be completed by 20th December, 2019 and they will then open up some sections of Likoni and Enterprise Roads which had been temporarily closed.
A resident engineer at KURA, Priscilla Ng’etich who is in charge of the project said that the overpass is expected to be completed late February or early March 2020.
Speaking during the Nairobi County Development Implementation Coordination Committee (CDICC) tour of the project on Monday, Ng’etich said that the overpass will go a long way in easing congestion around Industrial Area as well as Mombasa Road since motorists can access it from General Motors.
“The overpass is part of the eight projects under the Construction of Missing Link Roads and Non-Motorized Transportation Facilities (NMT) in Nairobi which are being put up at a cost of Sh.5.5 billion,” explained Ng’etich.
She highlighted that the project also includes other roads like the Muratina Street and its extension to Thika Road, Ring Road Parklands to Limuru Road, Quarry Road, Lusaka Road and Enterprise Road extension to the Homa bay Road junction at Likoni Road.
“Some of the works we are undertaking on these roads include putting up open drains, installation of street lights, installation of traffic signals, Motorized Transportation Facilities, bridges and road furniture,” she said.
The Nairobi County Commissioner (CC), Flora Mworoa said that since the CDICC started making follow-ups on the road projects in March this year, at least 70 percent of the works have been completed which is very commendable.
Mworoa said that there are several link roads that were missing in Nairobi, which are currently being constructed and once they are complete moving around the City will be easy without necessarily passing through the Central Business District (CBD).
“We are having a challenge where traders are encroaching on the constructed footpaths, thus obstructing pedestrians.We are working with the County Government to help us remove the traders and also on the issue of dumping of waste into the drainage system,” said the CC
.By Joseph Ng’ang’a