Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) yesterday announced plans to construct the Umoja-Innercore road project as part of an intended 408 kilometres upgrade of city roads.
KURA said it has so far accomplished 22 Kilometres of the project which mainly targets to improve access roads in the informal settlements.
The Umoja-Innecore project will involve the rehabilitation of eight roads including Ruaraka Crescent Road, Kangundo Moi Drive link, Malewa-Mwangaza Road, Nasra Estate Road, Kifaru-Mutindwa Road, Kangundo Service Road, Mowlem Link Road, and Outer Ring Road links.
“As of Friday last week we had done 22 kilometres and works are in progress to continue with the project which will be a game-changer of infrastructure in city informal settlements,” Kura Director-General Silas Kinoti said.
KURA officials said the Umoja-Innercore project will upgrade the road to seven-meter-wide two-lane carriageway into bitumen standards, as well as the construction of two-meter footpaths, bus bays, and drainage facilities.
Other areas set to benefit from the project include Kawangware, Riruta, parts of Dagoretti North, Mathare, Kangemi, and Mukuru, as well as Kibera, parts of Githurai 44 and 45, Mwiki, and Zimmermann.
“Most of these areas have suffered from poor road network making accessibility of critical services and other essentials a challenge. This has led to difficulties in emergency and disaster response including fire outbreaks and other emergency services hampered by inaccessibility,” he said.
The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) recently collaborated with KURA for the construction of a 28-kilometer road in Kibra.