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Reprieve For Ongata Rongai Residents As Magadi Road Expansion Is Set For A Start By A Chinese Firm



An ongoing road construction.

Accustomed to heavy traffic jam, the Magadi Road expansion has been set in what will dwell a sigh to Rongai residents who have to undergo long stays in the hectic traffic jam on daily basis.

Chinese contractor Synohydro has won the tender to dual the Bomas-Ongata Rongai-Kona Baridi stretch in a move aimed at reducing traffic congestion within the city.

The 22.65 kilometre stretch is set to be built through a performance-based maintenance contract that gives the selected contractor up to 10 years for maintenance and repair.

Synohydro Construction Ltd has estimated it will take around one year to dual the road.

The road starting at the junction of Lang’ata road near Bomas and runs towards south-west direction through Ongata-Rongai and terminates at Kona Baridi.

The 13.9 kilometre road starts at the junction of Langata road near Bomas of Kenya, heading in a westerly direction through the Karen shopping and commercial centre (roundabout) and ends at Dagoretti Market T-Junction.

The scope of work on this road will entail upgrading to dual carriageway with the exception of a section of some 3-Km between Karen road and the Hub shopping centre, which have already been dualled.

The dual-lane section will be terminated just before the Southern bypass ramps in order to prevent major works, increased land-take and disruption to the Southern bypass since the existing underpass does not allow for the dual-lane width.

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