KeNHA Announces New Dates for Reopening of Closed Roads Along Expressway

  • A section of the Nairobi Expressway along Mombasa Road
    A section of the Nairobi Expressway along Mombasa Road
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  • The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has announced new dates for the reopening of the major roads closed within the Nairobi County to pave way for the ongoing construction of the Expressway.

    Through a public notice released on Monday, August 30, KeNHA stated it has deployed a multi-agency team to fast track and guide the traffic flow especially on Mombasa Road and Uhuru Highway.

    To reduce the time spent on the road, KeNHA announced the reopening of some of the major routes that were closed. JKIA- Mlolongo section will be the first one to be opened on September 10, 2021.

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    The Ksh 62 billion Nairobi Expressway under construction
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    The Westlands - James Guchuru road will be reopened on September 30, 2021, while Haile Selassie- UoN roundabout will be reopened on October 15, 2021.

    The government agency also announced plans to minimise dust along the construction sites and diversions through the sprinkling of water more often. 

    At the same time, KeNHA warned motorists driving on the construction sites against causing traffic disruptions by failing to follow the designated drive roads.

    Additionally, KeNHA  announced that plans are underway to erect adequate signposts on the new lanes and well defined turning points.

    The agency's Director General, David Muchilwa, had earlier affirmed the body's determination to deal with the dizzying traffic especially on Mombasa Road.

    "The contractor needs to completely block off U-turns at some sections of the road because they are causing confusion. This should happen immediately," Muchilwa stated.

    "The contractor needs to create two traffic lanes in some sections of the road immediately. We have also identified places where we need to create new proper U-turns so that when you travel in one direction you can turn in the other direction."

    This comes as Syokimau residents threaten to sue KeNHA  over health hazard posed by the Expressway construction.

    Speaking to Spice FM on Monday, August 30, Syokimau residents association Chairman, John Mutinda, stated that the construction has neglected their healthy living concerns, therefore, threatening to take action.

    File image of a footbridge intersecting the Nairobi Expressway at Bellevue, South C, Nairobi County.
    The footbridge intersecting the Nairobi Expressway at Bellevue, South C, Nairobi County.
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