ROAD SAFETY

Expressway contractor should provide safe pedestrian paths

Some of the trenches and ditches that are dug are left open, posing great danger to pedestrians and even road users

In Summary

• Pedestrians are finding it extremely difficult to use Waiyaki Way.

• The responsible contractor should ensure pedestrians have safe walking paths even as the contraction works continue. 

President Uhuru Kenyatta accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta unveils a commemorative plaque during the launch of construction of JKIA-Westlands Expressway, Nairobi
OVERDRIVE: President Uhuru Kenyatta accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta unveils a commemorative plaque during the launch of construction of JKIA-Westlands Expressway, Nairobi
Image: PCSU

Normally, when roads are under construction, contractors provide diversions that allow traffic to flow, even as works progress.

Unfortunately, however, pedestrians, arguably who are the majority, are left out. Footpaths are dug out and no alternatives are provided.

Worse, some of the trenches and ditches that are dug are left open, posing great danger to pedestrians and even road users. You would expect the Chinese to be more organiSed and profession in doing their construction.

Unfortunately, they have also followed this template as they build the Expressway. Pedestrians are finding it extremely difficult to use Waiyaki Way.

The responsible contractor should ensure pedestrians have safe walking paths even as the contraction works continue. 

Eunice  Mueni, Westlands, Nairobi