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Kidero rolls out plan to ease jam in the city

01 August 2013, 18:00 Kelvin Wanjohi

Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero has outlined easy ways of easing up traffic congestion in the city noting that it is a major problem that needs to be addressed urgently.

Traffic congestion is estimated to cost the country over KES 50 million a day in fuel consumption and lost productivity.

The county government plans to open up more bypasses; build more flyovers instead of round-about and invest in road expansion in order to address this problem.

Dr. Kidero revealed that there is a multi-pronged plan of building bypasses, elevating highway on top of Mombasa highway and add 31 new commuter railway stations. He said this multi-billion project is expected to start by September 2013.

The project will be funded by World Bank (WB) which has already donated KES 1.2 billion for the project, African Development Bank (AfDB) Which has donated KES 200 million, the Japanese government, Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) among other donors.

Kidero said that the funds will be used on local rapid road and rail transport system adding that the County Government has set aside KES 2 billion for road maintenance.

He added that other plans to ease traffic congestion include building of new roads, employment of traffic marshals and installation of integrated CCTV cameras to take pictures of violators of traffic rules.

“We have built missing links of roads in Upper Hill, Ngong Road-Kileleshwa-Riverside-James Gichuru link and we are now doing the Ngong road through the DC’s office to Kibera and Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS),” Kidero said.

Other plans include integrating traffic lights with sensors which are being installed in the Central Business District (CBD) and peri-urban areas. 

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