Garowe Municipality, assisted by UN-Habitat, has completed the implementation of the first phase of the pilot project Development of a Road Network Development Plan and Road Demarcation for Garowe. The project has resulted in the development of the Road Demarcation Development Phase Plan 2012–2035; during the first phase, around 7 km of roads, as new extensions of the main road, were demarcated to secure the future routes from encroachment by informal building construction.
UN-Habitat is now supporting the municipality to extend the Road Demarcation Development Phase Plan 2012–2035, developing it into a road network plan with road classification and hierarchy, which will include naming roads and installing street signage in Garowe. A technical committee for the project, which is composed of engineers from Garowe Municipality, the Ministry of Public Works, the State of Puntland, and UN-Habitat local technical staff in Garowe, has been established, and the committee has already started working on urban roads. UN-Habitat has provided a draft standard for planning the urban roads and will make funds available under the UN Joint Programme for Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery for the procurement and installation of street signage.
Under the technical guidance of UN-Habitat, the technical committee will work to define a clear hierarchy of the urban roads in Garowe for better transport and management of the urban area, thus improving road safety and efficient traffic flow. It will also support local economic development with increased security and accessibility, provide a basis for establishing a street address system, and plan for public transportation routes.