The Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) is a statutory body established by the Kenya Roads Acts, 2007. The Act also established other Roads Authority (RAs) and provided for their powers and functions as stipulated within the Act. In line with this, the Authority started its operations in the FY 2007/2008. It has a head office in Nairobi and ten (10) regional offices .Nairobi, Coast, Central, Lower Eastern, Upper Eastern, North Rift, North Eastern, Nyanza, South Rift and Western.
KURA is responsible for the management, development, rehabilitation and maintenance of National Trunk Roads in the urban areas of the Republic of Kenya. Due to rapid urbanization, the network under KURA has increased to slightly above 4,000 Kms of road. Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) road network was 12,549 km until January 2016 when a new classification was gazetted.
The reclassification was in line with the provisions of the Constitution of Kenya (CoK, 2010) that provides for the National and County Roads .After reclassification, KURA’s mandate was expanded to all counties in line with Article 6(3) of the CoK, 2010.
In terms of coverage, KURA roads are estimated at 3.969.27 KM. The total paved roads are estimated at 465.92 kilometers while those that are unpaved are 3,503.35 KM
- Enhanced alignment of KURA mandate and functions with the Constitution of Kenya 2010 by establishing and implementing transition mechanisms mainly through capacity building and implementing road works within the devolved government systems.
- Effective oversight and coordination of planning, development, rehabilitation and maintenance of the mandated road network. The Authority successfully surpassed the set targets within each of the highlighted areas.
- Strengthened internal capacity to effectively deliver on the mandate by effectively enhancing Human Resource Utilization and productivity, providing physical facilities and equipment, enhancing of ICT infrastructure and support as well as ensuring optimal cost management.
- Full integration of cross cutting issues such as alcohol/substance & drugs abuse , gender mainstreaming and disability ,HIV/AIDS, Corruption and governance by developing clear policies and conducting organization wide trainings and surveys.