Nairobi County to ease traffic congestion by connecting missing link roads

Governor Mike Sonko flag off the launch of Muratina Road in Eastleigh Nairobi which connects to Thika Super highway./Michael Mbugua

Nairobi, KENYA: Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has promised to ensure that all missing link roads that connect the county to urban roads are completed by the start of next year.

Speaking during the launch of Muratina Street in Nairobi’s Eastleigh area, Sonko said they have partnered with European Union (EU) and Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) to ensure that the construction of six missing link roads and three Non-Motorised Traffic (NMT) routes in Nairobi are fastened to completion to ease traffic in the City.

“The Nairobi Missing Link road project aims to ease congestion in the city by opening up new road links thus shortening the travel distances,” said Sonko

The project will also ensure inclusivity in transport infrastructure development by providing paths for pedestrians and cyclists.

Sonko said that his administration’s mandate was to ensure that the road infrastructure in all neighborhoods within the county was usable, well maintained and accessible to all residents of Nairobi.

He added that the road rehabilitation exercise being witnessed in many estates would continue until.

Speaking at the launch, EU Ambassador to Kenya, Stefano Dejak, improving the transport situation in Nairobi is obviously a key priority for both the national and county government.

“Transport connectivity is one of the important drivers of economic development. Overall, improvement in transport infrastructure leads to improvement in welfare of the people,” he added

The project will cost about sh.5 billion which include the EU contribution of sh.3.4 Billion.