Korean Firm Lands Ksh. 548M Tender To Reduce Nairobi Traffic Jams

Written By John Mutiso 📝

On Thursday, May 5, 2022, the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) awarded a consultancy contract to a Korean Consortium led by Cheil Engineer Co. Ltd for the implementation of the First Phase of the Nairobi Intelligent Transport System (ITS) and Junction Improvement.

The Consortium will provide assistance during bid evaluation, negotiation, project supervision of detailed engineering design, construction of Traffic Management Center (TMC), and support for operation and maintenance preparations at a cost of Ksh 548 million under the contract.

Speaking during the signing ceremony of the contract at Barabara Plaza, KURA’s Director General Eng. Silas Kinoti assured the Consultants charged with implementing the project of the Authority’s full cooperation.

“You have won a very competitive contract and I have confidence in your vast experience in implementing projects of such magnitude. I assure you of our full support. The project will decongest the city, promote road safety and enhance urban mobility,” he said.

Mr. Sun B. Kim, representing Cheil Engineering Co. Ltd assured KURA of their commitment towards the project implementation. He was flanked by the Project Manager, Mr. In Ho Jeong.

The main contracts, which include the improvement of 21 junctions and the construction of a fully equipped Traffic Management Center (TMC), are expected to be bid on in August 2022.

The total cost of the project is expected to be Ksh 6.5 billion, which will be funded by the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) via the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM).

The project’s goal is to create an integrated system as part of Nairobi’s smart city transportation management.

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Phase II of the project, which is expected to begin later this year, will involve junction improvement and the installation of ITS facilities at 81 intersections.