The Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) is set to open more sections of the multi-billion Nairobi Expressway to ease motorists access in and out the Central Business District.
According to the road agency, the first section to be opened will be at the Westland’s to James Gichuru Road section on October 30, 2021, followed by the section that stretches from the Haile Selassie Avenue to the University of Nairobi that will be opened on December 15 since the elevated section is 87.8 percent complete.
“The two sections will be opened starting next week. The authority is determined to fast track the ongoing works as we assure all road users that we will continually provide adequate road diversions for smooth flow of traffic,”KeNHA noted.
KeNHA also revealed the entire project is 64 percent complete at the moment and will end in six months.
The Nairobi Expressway will have a four-lane and six-lane dual carriageway within the existing median of Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway, and Waiyaki Way as well as 10 interchanges.
The section between the Eastern and Southern bypasses will be a six-lane dual carriageway while the section from to the Eastern Bypass and that from the Southern Bypass to James Gichuru will be a four-lane dual carriageway.
The road is expected to ease the rampant traffic on Mombasa road.
Motorists who will be using the lower section of the double-decker highway will, however, not pay the toll charges unlike those will be using the upper section.
The road agency explained that the toll charges will be used to maintain the highways and repay of other roads constructed by private contractors but fail to generate sufficient funds to pay investors due to a low number of users.