First Look Atop Elevated Nairobi Expressway [PHOTOS]

  • A picture taken from the elevated part of the Nairobi Expressway
    A picture taken from the elevated part of the Nairobi Expressway
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  • The construction of the Nairobi Expressway is progressing in the capital with the contractors working around the clock to complete all segments in record time.

    Motorists using the Mombasa Road and Waiyaki Way, have for the past months seen the elevated road from below while driving along the mightly walls and pillars of the upcoming road, with the top being out of bounds due to the ongoing works.

    The photos of the completed sections were shared for the first time during an inspection visit to the site on Wednesday, March 31 by Transport CS James Macharia.

    Transport CS James Macharia inspecting the Nairobi Expressway on March 31, 2021
    Transport CS James Macharia inspecting the Nairobi Expressway on March 31, 2021

    "The Nairobi Expressway is expected to enhance Nairobi’s economic competitiveness and consolidate Kenya’s leading position as an investment destination in the region," he stated.

    The project is currently 30 percent complete with officials projecting a timely completion in December 2021 with an expected opening for public use by April 2022.

    The road is designed to accommodate all types of vehicles as well as motorcycles with systems set up to ensure compliance.

    Speaking in an interview on Wednesday, March 17, the KeNHA boss disclosed that they were building a special lane for the bodaboda riders so as not to interfere with the vehicular traffic.

    "Everyone will be allowed to use the Nairobi Expressway, bodaboda, trailers, and all others can use it," he stated.

    A photo from atop the Nairobi Expressway taken on March 31, 2021.
    A photo from atop the Nairobi Expressway taken on March 31, 2021.
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    The elevated part of the Nairobi Expressway will give road users a unique view of the city, passing near key landmarks such as the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi, SGR Terminus, Nyayo National Stadium, Parliament Buildings, Uhuru Park, University of Nairobi and the  National Museums of Kenya. 

    The Ksh62 billion road was gazetted as a toll road by Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development James Macharia in December 2020.

    The expressway will have nine stations. Motorists will pay between Ksh100 and Ksh1,600 depending on the type of vehicle.

    Transport CS James Macharia inspecting the Nairobi Expressway on March 31, 2021
    Transport CS James Macharia inspecting the Nairobi Expressway on March 31, 2021
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    Interchanges will be built at Mlolongo, Syokimau, JKIA, Eastern Bypass, Southern Bypass, Capital Centre, Haile Selassie, Museum Hill, Westlands, and the Mainline station at the endpoint - St Mark's/Lion Place in Westlands.

    There will be a roundabout at the junction of Enterprise Road and Mombasa Road, and another at the junction of James Gichuru and Red Hill Link Road.

     Transport CS James Macharia during an inspection tour of Nairobi Expressway on March 31, 2021.
    Transport CS James Macharia during an inspection tour of Nairobi Expressway on March 31, 2021.
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    Transport CS James Macharia during an inspection tour of Nairobi Expressway on March 31, 2021.
    Transport CS James Macharia during an inspection tour of Nairobi Expressway on March 31, 2021.
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    A culvert for traffic along the Nairobi Expressway on March 31, 2021.
    A culvert for traffic along the Nairobi Expressway on March 31, 2021.
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