19-04-2022 by redazione
The planned inauguration of the Nairobi Expressway, the elevated expressway that should solve most of the city's traffic problems, has been postponed.
The causeway, whose works began two years ago by the China Road and Bridge Corporation, had been declared completed a week ago and the Kenya National Highways Authority had announced for Easter or in the following days the opening in the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Instead, the 4-lane road that will be a panacea of time and stress for those who travel from the International Airport to the opposite side of the city and also for the citizens who travel from Westlands and surroundings to downtown, is not yet in total safety.
During a final inspection, damage would be found to the walkways of the re-entry lanes at the interchanges.
In an interview with Capital FM radio, KeNHA's deputy director of corporate communications, Samwel Kumba, confirmed that all repairs near the ramps will be done in the next few days to be ready as soon as possible for President Uhuru Kenyatta's planned launch.
The damage would have occurred during the various stages of construction, or by widening the lanes would have been compromised pedestrian walkways.
Not only that, but from the verifications of associations and pedestrians, even the night lights would have been considered unsuitable. Clearly, all this is the responsibility of the CRBC of Beijing, which in addition to managing the expressway and its toll for the next 27 years, will also be responsible for its maintenance and safety.
In the meantime, it has also been revealed that a Telepass (OBU) service will be available for those who use the expressway frequently.
In fact, motorists will pay the toll as in the Italian ring roads and the ticket will depend on the kilometric distance covered by the vehicle.
If you use the expressway from Westlands to Mlolongo, exit for the highway that goes to Mombasa, Ksh 300 will be deducted (or 300 points if you use the electronic means of payment). Same amount, obviously for the reduced route. For those who instead go directly to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the payment will be Kshs. 260. For those who want to go from Westlands to the CBD the amount will be Kshs.100 and it is assumed that this will be the most used route, given the exponential traffic in that part of the city.
From Mlolongo to the SGR train station, the amount will be Kshs.100, while to go from Mlolongo to the Southern Bypass will have to pay Kshe. 210.
There are other exits, all with toll booths because payment will be made at the exit. The other routes are Wayaki Way-James Gichuru, National Museum, Haile Selassie-CBD.
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