The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) on Thursday September 3 warned motorists to brace themselves for major traffic disruptions as two of Nairobi’s major roads will be partially closed for an unspecified period of time.
KeNHA in a statement seen by 254news.co.ke revealed that Mombasa Road and Uhuru Highway will be partially closed to allow for the construction of the Nairobi Expressway
The notice was signed by the authority’s Director General Peter Mundinia and issued on Thursday, September 3.
“The construction works will be limited to the central median of Mombasa Road. However, in some instances, we may be required to close a single lane on either side of the highway to ensure the safety of motorists plying the route.” KeNHA warned.
The notice added that the contractor will minimize disruption to traffic as works are executed on the project road between JKIA Turnoff – Cabanas, NextGen Mall- Capital and Kenyatta Avenue – University Way Roundabout.
Motorists were requested to follow directions as shall be indicated on the road signages provided, and or by traffic marshalls.
The project valued at Ksh 62 billion is one of the main projects under President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda.
China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) will build the 27.1km road linking the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
The project launched in October last year and will take three years to complete, is expected to reduce heavy traffic on Mombasa Road which usually starts from Mlolongo to the city centre.
The road will start at Mlolongo and will pass outside Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) through Nairobi Central Business District to join Waiyaki Way in Westlands.
Over 25,000 motorists using the road per day will part with a Ksh 300 toll fee on a a daily basis.
The private company funding construction of the Nairobi Expressway will operate the road for 27 years to recoup funds spent in the project before ceding it to the State.
Payments will be done at exit points of the major roads where both manual and electronic toll stations will be erected.
“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,” KeNHA apologised.
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