The government is set to construct a Bus Rapid Transit system along Nairobi’s Outer Ring Road, Daily Nation reports.
The Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) is said to be currently in discussions with South Korea’s Exim Bank for the project’s financing.
Kura Director-General Engineer Silas Kinoti noted that while BRT system was not part of the original plan for the ongoing dualling of the road, space was reserved in the median.
“It had been foreseen that the route will require the BRT but available resources were inadequate,” he said.
Mr Kinoti said the dualling of Outer Ring Road from a single to a dual carriageway is 90 percent complete and will be completed in two months.
The director-general said the Sh10.12 billion project awarded to SinoHydro Tianjin Engineering Company Limited (STECOL) is expected to increase Outer Ring road’s capacity to handle heavy traffic in Eastlands.
Only three footbridges are still under construction with four already in use, Kinoti said.
He said the remaining footbridges will be opened to the public on November 10.
“During the launch, the President asked for [the project’s] speedy realisation. We are glad it has come to fruition,” the Kura boss said.
Mr Kinoti also revealed that construction of the New Wakulima Market, which is part of the project, is 99 percent complete. He said water and power connections will be set up soon.
Kariobangi Market also benefited from the project, he said.