Kajiado County government has embarked on decongesting Kitengela town by building alternative routes and more parking spaces.
Heavy traffic in the town has been a cause of concern for many residents and business people.
To achieve its goal, the county, in partnership with the World Bank, on Monday commissioned the rehabilitation of a 500 metres stretch of the GK Prisons Road in Kitengela. The exercise will cost Sh60 million.
Speaking during the commissioning of the road rehabilitation, Kajaido County Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho said the rehabilitation of the road was just the beginning of the wider plans to improve infrastructure in the county.
“Our resolve is to ensure that the people of Kajiado see the fruits of development as outlined in our campaign manifesto,” said Mr Moshisho.
He assured development partners of continued support in initiatives that spur growth of the economy by improving accessibility in all parts of the county.
Roads, Public Works, Housing and Energy executive Mr Alex Kilouwa said the decongestion of Kitengela town will create 200 more parking slots.
“The half a kilometre cabro road will serve as a bypass that will create alternative route from the highway and ultimately ease the traffic in the town,” said Mr Kilouwa.
The roads executive also revealed that plans are at an advanced stage to rehabilitate the 1km stretch between Deliverance and Railway Road at a cost of Sh200 million.
In 2012, the World Bank approved Sh27.89 billion (USD 330 million) in funding for the Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Project.
This project aims to improve urban services and infrastructure in the Nairobi Metropolitan Region. The project seeks to steer Kenya towards becoming a middle-income country – one of the goals of Nairobi Metro 2030.
The Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Project will supplement other World Bank-sponsored urban improvement projects, including the Kenya Municipal Programme and the Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project, each of which have received Sh8.45 billion (USD 100 million) from the World Bank in the last seven years.