Contractor Hits the Ground Running on the Kshs. 2 Billion Langata Road Project

The project will see the upgrading of the 2km strech of Langata Road to a dual carriageway and the construction of an interchange at Bomas

The Ksh.2Billion, 2km highway project well tucked away in the outskirts of the city is slowly taking shape. Scenes last seen in the early days of Thika Road project have started surfacing. What scenes are these? Well, the red and white reflective safety tape, the ever-changing diversion of traffic, red dusty soil and totally ridiculous matatu drivers who are always on the rush.

An overloaded lorry on Langata Road

An overloaded lorry on Langata Road

However it seems China Wu Yi (The Contractor) picked a few lessons on Thika Road on how to control unruly matatu drivers. Deep trenches that would make a 4X4 shy away have been dug to keep the traffic on the road.

The Carnivore Junction before the dual carriageway ends

The Carnivore Junction before the dual carriageway ends

Traffic jams are a norm here which pushed the goverment to start this project

Traffic jams are a norm here which pushed the goverment to start this project

One of the box culverts done by the contractor

One of the box culverts done by the contractor

Negative effects of urbanisation

Negative effects of urbanisation

As with any road construction project in Kenya, Langata Road has been hit by the traffic jam disease. Its quite funny how a 2km stretch under construction causes a traffic snarl up till Wilson Airport entrance. We must applaud the contractor for the progress done with major structures already coming up, however China Wu Yi must understand that Kenya is a generally an English/Swahili speaking nation and the road safety signs could make more impact if they were in these languages and not Chinese.

View of Langata Road from Wildlife Clubs entrance

View of Langata Road from Wildlife Clubs entrance

Langata Road Under construction

Langata Road Under construction

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