The Kenya Urban Roads Authority has finished expanding Ngong Road phase one, which runs from Kenya National Library to Ring Road Junction.

The project, which started in February 2016, is aimed at decongesting the western part of Nairobi and will eventually lead to Ngong Town.KURA director general Silas Kinoti said future improvements on phase one include installing footbridges and an Intelligent Transport System (ITS).

He said relocation of services, traffic management and heavy rains were some of the challenges they faced while working on the first section.

Kinoti said tenders for the next phase – from Prestige to Dagoretti Corner – will be awarded in January 2018.

“The section between Dagoretti Corner and Karen shopping centre is already under construction,” Kinoti said during a recent inspection tour.

“Under Vision 2030, the government plans to improve Upper Hill and its environs to meet the expected status of a regional financial hub.”

The expansion includes building four-lane roads and service lanes, as well as pedestrian and bicycle sections.A special lane will be built for public service buses and automated traffic lights will be installed at major intersections.

“We need to end the suffering many Kenyans endure. They get stuck in traffic for hours,” Kinoti said.

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