Pedestrians and motorists in Nairobi should prepare themselves for more disruption as the mega expressway construction continues gaining momentum.
During a presser over the weekend, the Kenya National Highways Authority announced that some parts of Uhuru Highway, Mombasa Road, and Waiyaki Way would face interruptions in the coming seven months.
Peter Mundinia, KeNHA director-general stated that they would demolish the St Mark’s footbridge. In turn, they’ll divert traffic.
“All vehicles heading from the city centre to James Gichuru Road will have to turn left before the St Marks footbridge. Later, they will rejoin Waiyaki way after Mvuli Road,” read KeNHA’s notice.
On the other hand, the road section on Waiyaki Way from Goodman Tower to Sanlam Tower (500 metres) will remain closed starting September 26, until April 2021.
Therefore, pedestrians will use the alternative crossing at Park Inn Hotel. Traffic marshalls will provide road signage for motorists to follow.
KeNHA’s director-general apologised for all inconveniences caused as they worked on improving infrastructure on the most critical places along Mombasa Road.
Kenya Power and Lighting Company announced last week that they would relocate power lines for the same exercise. This exercise would cost KeNHA Ksh 1.08 billion.
Upon the completion of the mega project in November, KPLC would have covered 40.06 kilometres of the underground cable network. Currently, they’ve worked on 17 kilometres.
For a seamless job, KPLC assembled four external underground cabling contractors and 60 employees.
The Head of State launched the expressway project, one of its kind on October 16, 2019.
KeNHA will implement the programme, which is part of the vision 2030 development plan. China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) is the expressway’s vendor.
The mega expressway will run from Mlolongo to the junction of James Gichuru Road and Waiyaki Way in Westlands through the city centre. It will also connect with Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The dual carriageway will additionally have ten interchanges. They’ll include SGR terminus at JKIA, Enterprise Road, Southern Bypass, and Eastern Bypass.