The Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) has announced that the dualling of Ngong Road Phase II from Dagoretti Corner to Karen Shopping Centre is set to start in August 2017. KURA awarded the contract to a Chinese contractor, China Qinjian International Group (Kenya) Ltd. They won the tender through a competitive bidding process at a cost of KES 1.98 billion. The dualling in this phase is fully funded by the Government of Kenya through the Development Vote and is expected to be complete within 24months. The dualling of the 9.8-kilometer project will cover three sections: Dagoretti Corner-Karen Roundabout (6.2km); Karen Road (1.9km) and a small section of Langata Road from Karen shopping center (1.7km). The scope of works includes 6.5 meters wide, two lane carriageways, two roundabouts; one at Karen/Ngong road section and another one at the Karen/Lang’ata Road junction. Bus bays have also been factored and most crucial is the inclusion of Non-Motorized Transport which includes footbridges, footpaths, and cycle paths. The first phase of the Ngong road’s expansion covers the 2.6 kilometer stretch from the Kenya National Library to Kilimani Ring Road junction at a cost of KES 1.3 billion. The project is financed by the Japanese government and carried out by the Japanese firm, World Kaihatsu Kogyo (WKK). Japan is also financing the second phase of the project, covering the distance between Yaya Centre and Dagoretti Corner. The three-phased dualling of Ngong road is intended to ease movement of traffic, improvement in urbanization and bringing of economic growth, especially to Karen and Ngong Town. KURA has also connected Nairobi and Kajiado Counties through the upgrading of Ushirika Road that leads from Corporative College to Gataka Estate in Kajiado County. This is part of the many achievements aimed at accelerating investment in infrastructure to unlock the economic potential and support various economic sectors. It is worth to note that the progress of the first Phase is now 58 per cent and will be completed in the next four months. The section between Ring Road Kilimani and Dagoretti Corner (Phase III) is scheduled start early next year. China Qinjian International Group has been involved in successful multi-billion construction works in other countries including Manilla, Philippines, Maun in Botswana and Punggol West in Singapore. This is its first entry in construction in Kenya.
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