06-09-2020 by redazione
Road in turmoil for some time in the capital Nairobi. Work has begun on the construction of the first elevated road in the metropolis, a two-storey city highway modelled on the Chinese and American ones, with junctions and three lanes per carriageway.
The project, which will cost 62 billion shillings, is being financed by a public-private partnership between the Kenyan government and the China Road and Bridge Corporation, in charge of building the 27 kilometer long road that will connect the Center (CBD) to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and simultaneously to the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, with 10 junctions and extensions on the Waiyaki Way and Uhuru Highway.
According to the forecasts of the company and the Kenyan Ministry of Transport, the works will last a maximum of three years.
The elevated highway will be a paid service and is designed to reduce the inconvenience of extreme commuter and businessman traffic, who have interests in the CBD and who arrive or depart from JKIA airport.
Traffic that often condenses on Mombasa Road, from the Mlolongo area to Uhuru Highway.
From now on, drivers must prepare for traffic congestion and delays, as the Mombasa Road and Uhuru Highway sections have been closed. In particular, the middle lanes are blocked, where the pylons for the causeway will have to be positioned.
In a statement on Thursday, the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) stated that construction will be limited to the central median of Mombasa Road with exceptions.
"In some cases, we may be required to close a single lane on both sides of the highway to ensure the safety of drivers driving along the route," General Manager Peter Mundinia told the media.
Mundinia said the contractor will minimize interruptions as work is carried out around the junction at JKIA, Cabanas, NextGen Mall, Capital Centre, Kenyatta Avenue and the University Way traffic circle.
Drivers have been asked to follow the directions on the road signs and those provided by the traffic police to ensure the smoothest possible traffic flow.
Transport Secretary James Macharia had previously announced that the contractor was asked to work quickly.
"The project started last June, but there was a bit of a delay because of the Covid-19," said Macharia, "so we invited the company to try to finish the construction in a period of time ranging from 18 months to two years in order to have the road by June 2022," said Macharia. This is not a random date, because it could be an important spot for the next election campaign of the government party, the Jubilee.
But this is not the only drawback that Nairobi's motorists will face in the next 3 weeks: in another statement, the Kenya National Highway Autority informed motorists of a partial closure of two or three weeks of the Thika Superhighway for maintenance. The affected sections will be Nairobi-Ruiru and Ruiru-Thika.
"These works could lead to the temporary closure of some lanes during the day," reported KENHA.
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