Ksh902 Million Road Project to Transform Nairobi's Umoja Estate

  • Aerial view of Nairobi County.
    Aerial view of Nairobi County.
  • The government has launched a Ksh902 million road project that is set to benefit the residents of estates in Umoja area, Nairobi County.

    In a statement released on Thursday, February 11, Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) disclosed that the 8 kilometer Umoja Innercore road project would rehabilitate eight roads within Umoja and its environs.

    The project scope involves upgrading into bitumen standards, a 7 meter wide two-lane carriageway, inclusion of a 2 meter footpaths, bus bays, drainage facilities, road marking and street lighting. 

    Embakasi West MP George Theuri during the commissioning of the Umoja Innercore road project on Thursday, February 11.
    Embakasi West MP George Theuri (center) during the commissioning of the Umoja Innercore road project on Thursday, February 11.

    The Umoja Innercore project consists of several roads namely 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.

    According to the Authority, the road project is expected to be complete by November 2022. Speaking during the commissioning of the road, Embakasi West MP George Theuri affirmed that the road project would boost opportunities for locals in the area.

    "This project will open up Umoja and its environs to commercial ventures, enable residents to move with ease, improve security, create local employment and improve connectivity within Embakasi West," Theuri stated.

    The move was lauded by netizens who termed the road project as a step in the right direction.

    Nairobi is undergoing a major transformation due to the multibillion projects launched by the government in a bid to upgrade the city's infrastructure.

    Recently, Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) in conjunction with KURA launched the construction of a 28-kilometer road in Kibra as part of its project to rehabilitate 444 kilometers of roads expected to be completed in one year.

    NMS Boss Mohammed Badi pointed out that the aim of the 444-kilometer project is to increase accessibility in the informal settlements.

    "One year from now, all access roads within the informal settlements will be tarmacked," Badi affirmed.

    Areas that are set to benefit from the project include Kawangware, Riruta, parts of Dagoretti North, Mathare, Kangemi and Mukuru. Others are Kibera, parts of Githurai 44 and 45, Mwiki and Zimmermann.