As the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) under Director-General Mohamed Badi embarked to rehabilitate Nairobi streets, certain improvements are visible in the Central Business District (CBD).
In its 100-day plan, the focus was on a number of roads in the CBD refurbished to be more inclusive of cyclists and pedestrians.
A few examples include Kenyatta Avenue and Wabera Street which have seen the parking spots converted to bicycle lanes and pedestrian walkways.
Also visible are the tracks along Moi Avenue, past Serena Hotel at the Integrity Centre junction.
In the Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) plan, the track from Muindi Mbingu Street extends from City Hall to University Way and the roundabout at the University of Nairobi.
With Ksh28 Billion pumped to the agency, the retouch on some roads has seen recarpeting of City Hall Way round-about together with Kirinyaga Road using an asphalt concrete overlay.
Repainting on the pavement has sprung new life in the dilapidated road structures making them visually appealing as well.
In a previous interview, NMS Transport, Roads and Public Works director Michael Ochieng’ stated that the project would change the face of the CBD in a bid to encourage Nairobi residents to start walking or using bicycles.
“The journey to change the state of roads in the city centre has begun. We target more than 100 kilometres of non-motorised transport in just one year,” Ochieng stated.
Meanwhile, the NMS is set to introduce hourly parking for city motorists as opposed to the current daily system following a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Already, facilities at Sunken Car Park, the law courts, Desai Road and Machakos Bus Station have already been automated following the order.
Badi further revealed that the NMS would construct termini and parking areas for public service vehicles on Waiyaki Way, Mombasa Road, Thika Road and Lang’ata Road to ease traffic flow into the Nairobi CBD.