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July 5, 2017

Signing of Grant Agreement with Kenya: Contributing to a mitigation in traffic congestion through road improvements in central Nairobi

photosigning ceremony

On July 4, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of Kenya in Nairobi to provide grant aid of up to 2.68 billion yen for the Project for Dualling of Nairobi-Dagoretti Corner Road C60/C61 (Phase 2).

The project will widen Ngong Road, which connects the western and central parts of Nairobi, the capital city, and provide traffic signals, streetlights and other improvements to mitigate traffic congestion on the road, contributing to a smoother flow of goods in Nairobi.

The population of Nairobi grew from 2.14 million people in 1999 to 4.23 in 2015, approximately doubling in a period of 16 years, and the volume of traffic has rapidly grown as the number of registered vehicles has risen each year. Ngong Road, which is the project target, is an arterial road in Nairobi heavily used by commuters during the morning and evening peak hours. With only one lane in each direction, the current road does not have adequate capacity, and some road intervals have an average travel speed of less than 10 kilometers per hour.

The project will increase the traffic volume (annual average of vehicles per day) by 1.3 times per lane on the target interval, which is projected to shorten the travel time from the current 40 minutes to under seven. Other expected effects of this project include reducing the time and financial burden (additional fares on transit buses during traffic congestion) on area residents commuting to the central area, and reducing the volume of emission gases and noise as a result of mitigated traffic congestion.

JICA supported conversion of the road into four lanes with a road divider over an interval on the road approximately 2.6 kilometers long in the Project for Dualling of Nairobi-Dagoretti Corner Road C60/C61 (grant agreement signed in June 2012), and this project will further alleviate traffic congestion in central Nairobi.

[Basic project information]
Country Republic of Kenya
Project title The Project for Dualling of Nairobi-Dagoretti Corner Road C60/C61 (Phase 2)
Planned implementation period 36 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period
Executing agency Kenya Urban Roads Authority
Target region, facilities Ngong Road, Nairobi
Specific project details (provisional) (1) Facility improvements, equipment procurement
Rehabilitation of the existing road, widening to four lanes (approximately 3.4 kilometers from near Dagoretti Corner to near Kilimani Corner), and installation of sidewalks, bicycle lanes, traffic signals (four intersections) and streetlights (158)
(2) Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction supervision


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