Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) yesterday announced it is ready to begin construction of the traffic management centre planned for Nairobi.
The Authority said it has completed the acquisition of a 10-hectare piece of land for the project, located at the junction where the Nairobi–Mombasa highway meets Airport North Road near City Cabanas.
“On Monday, our engineers confirmed having finished the designs and the land is ready. We shall proceed with construction after funds have been made available,” KURA chief corporate communications officer John Cheboi told the Star.
In November 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) and KURA were planning a new traffic management system to modernize traffic management in Nairobi.
He revealed that the new system will utilize cameras, sensors and anonymized data to manage traffic by providing synchronized signals at 100 new junctions within the city.
The KURA official said the new facility will be a three-in-one integrated building with several floors housing different stakeholders involved in traffic management in the city.
“The centre will be a three-in-one where the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT), commuter rail and traffic will be controlled from. Engineers, traffic police, people who control traffic lights, cameras, road managements will be housed at the centre,” Cheboi explained.
NMS which is spearheading the project will oversee the new system, with the planned installation of additional traffic lights and signalization of 25 more intersections
National Treasury CS Ukur Yatani last August announced that it had secured a loan from the South Korea Export-Import Bank worth KSh. 6.6 billion to finance BRT line Line 5 (Nyati) that passes along Outer Ring Road.
Funds for the new traffic management system will be drawn from the loan.