Sonko orders 3 more single-lane streets, matatus to use other routes

Ongoing construction along Luthuli Avenue(Image courtesy/Joseph Kioko)
FILE PHOTO | Ongoing construction along Luthuli Avenue(Image courtesy/Joseph Kioko)

Matatus using Banda Street, Accra Lane behind Accra Street and Gedi Lane in Nairobi will have to find alternative exit routes out of the CBD after a directive from the county governor.

This comes after Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko ordered that the three streets be changed into one-lane roads, a project that will reportedly cost Ksh. 24million.

“After the successful trial on Luthuli Avenue, the Governor has approved three more streets for immediate upgrade,” Roads and Transport Minister Hitan Majevdia said.

According to Majevdia, Accra lane has been misused by touts and rogue matatu drivers.

Bicycle lanes, pedestrian walkways, street lights, road markings and specific lanes for people living with disabilities are some of the deliverables expected from contractors.

The project in partnership with UN-Habitat is aimed at decongesting the city and creating a more conducive environment for business investors and visitors.

Roads CEC Majevdia also lauded the improvisation of air gadget bags installed four months ago to help monitor air pollution along Luthuli Avenue.

Governor Sonko has however sent a stern warning to contractors over shoddy jobs.

“Luthuli has to be in good condition for at least 10 years before we start thinking of renovations. That means the work should be up to standard. The same goes for the other streets,” he said.

The statement from the County Government also noted that the Moi lane upgrade is complete with 50 new parking slots added to enhance revenue collection.

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