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Prepare for more disruptions as Sh62bn expressway takes shape, Nairobians told

Both motorists and pedestrians will be inconvenienced for the next seven months

In Summary

• The road section on Waiyaki Way from Goodman Tower to Sanlam Tower will be closed from September 26 to April 1, 2021.

• Pedestrians will be using the designated crossing at Park Inn Hotel in Westlands while motorists will follow road signages provided by traffic marshalls.

 

Sh62 billion expressway starts.
Sh62 billion expressway starts.

Motorists and pedestrians should brace themselves for more inconveniences as work on Sh62 billion Nairobi Expressway gains pace.

A weekend announcement from the Kenya National Highway Authority said the normal traffic flow on some sections of Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway and Waiyaki Way will be interrupted for the next seven months.

Kenha director general Peter Mundinia said on Saturday the St Mark’s footbridge will, for instance, be pulled down.  As a result, traffic will be diverted.

“All vehicles from city centre to James Gichuru will be expected to turn left into the service road before St Mark’s footbridge and rejoin Waiyaki Way after Mvuli Road,” the Kenha notice said.

The road section on Waiyaki Way from Goodman Tower to Sanlam Tower (500 metres) will be closed from September 26 to April 1, 2021.

Pedestrians will be using the designated crossing at Park Inn Hotel.

Motorists will follow the road signage provided by traffic marshalls.

“We apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused as we endeavour to improve the existing infrastructure along this critical section of the Mombasa-Nairobi Highway (A8 Road),” Mundinia said.

Last week, Kenya Power announced it was relocating power lines along the highway, an exercise that will leave Kenha Sh1.08 billion poorer.

On completion in November, a total of 40.6 kilometres of underground power cable network will have been done. Already, Kenya Power has covered 17 kilometres.

KP has assembled 60 employees and four external underground cabling contractors to do the job.

President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the 27-kilometre Nairobi Expressway - the first of its kind in Kenya - on October 16, 2019.

The public-private partnership project is part of Vision 2030 development programme and is being implemented by Kenha.

China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) is the concessionaire of the expressway that will run from Mlolongo to the junction of James Gichuru Road and Waiyaki Way in Westlands through the city centre. It will be connected to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The dual carriageway will have 10 interchanges, including the SGR terminus at JKIA, Eastern Bypass, Southern Bypass and Enterprise Road.

The section between the Eastern and Southern bypasses will be a six-lane dual carriageway while the section from the Southern Bypass to James Gichuru will be a four-lane dual carriageway.

The elevated part of the highway will begin from Ole Sereni Hotel and run through the Central Business District along Uhuru highway up to James Gichuru Road junction.

Haile Selassie Road, Kenyatta Avenue and University Way will be below the elevated road.

The project is intended to ease traffic, hence reduce the energy and fuel costs associated with traffic snarl-ups.

According to Kenha estimates, traffic jams cost Nairobi Sh50 million daily.

 

- mwaniki fm