The government has invited bids for the construction of the first bus rapid system in the country to be implemented on the Thika Superhighway.
According to tender documents, the project will be carried out in two phases, with phase 1 covering the section between Clay works and Nairobi CBD while the second phase will cover Clay works-Ruiru and Nairobi CBD-Kenyatta National Hospital section.
Constructed at a cost of the Ksh 27 billion, Thika highway was meant to ease congestion on one of Nairobi’s traffic-clogged thoroughfare.
However, upon completion, the highway has become a traveller’s nightmare with endless gridlock that start as early as 4 in the morning.
Last week, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia told parliament that the project will cost Ksh 5.8 billion to construct.
On Thursday, the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (Namata) has called for a contractor to improve the infrastructure of the Thika Superhighway to accommodate a bus rapid system project.
The tender for the project closes on Tuesday next week with the qualified contractor expected to take 18 months to complete the project.
The Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority says the project will be carried out in two phases; with phase one covering the section between Clayworks and Nairobi CBD.
Phase II will cover the section from Clay works-Ruiru and Nairobi CBD-Kenyatta National Hospital.
The tender document further says successful bidder will sign a fixed-price contract with Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority providing the required Design and Construction Services.
Already the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority has ordered 26 buses from South Africa to be used for on Thika Superhighway as well as Ngong road which is under construction.
Regionally, Tanzania became the first country in EAC to unveil a BRT system in 2016 to deal with chronic congestions in Dar-es-salaam.