KDI is working with community members and partners to construct a series of pedestrian bridges over the Ngong River, one of the watercourses that run through Kibera. The project showcases sustainable and replicable design strategies while improving access to the KPSP sites and between Kibera and the wider city.
Many thousands of people cross the polluted Ngong River every day to get to their jobs outside of Kibera.
The numerous bridges over the river are in various states of disrepair. In the worst cases, and especially during rainy seasons, bridges are dangerous and represent a significant health risk.
KDI is installing a series of safe bridges across the river at existing KPSP sites, which are strategic access points within the settlement.
The process to design, construct and maintain the bridges is a collaborative effort between community members, local contractors and project partners as well as Nairobi City stakeholders.
A bridge at KPSP07 was constructed by local contractors and approved by the Nairobi City County Department of Public Works, which has agreed to maintain it.
A second bridge is in development at KPSP05, with residents keen to create a prominent entryway to the settlement that integrates art and storytelling.
The KPSP07 bridge provides a key link between Kibera and the wider city, and the City’s agreement to maintain it represents a huge step forward in closing the gap between formal and informal city.
Once complete, the KPSP05 bridge will create another safe access route while promoting local culture through art.