KeNHA Demolishes Mombasa Road Footbridge

A shade constructed for pedestrians at Bellevue Footbridge which crosses underneath the Nairobi Expressway at Mombasa Road

The Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) on Monday, October 11, demolished the old footbridge at General Motors (GM) along Mombasa Road. 

In a press release, the authority advised the public to use the newly constructed footbridge. 

Motorists were also advised to expect traffic congestion at the GM area as the demolition of the old footbridge continues.  

It further announced that the section between Bunyala roundabout and University Way would continue to experience traffic snarl-ups as engineers expedite the construction of another footbridge.

Pedestrians cross underneath the Nairobi Expressway at Bellevue Footbridge across Mombasa Road.

To ease traffic congestion, KeNHA opened various completed sectors of the Nairobi Expressway

“The section between Mlolongo and JKIA various diversions have been opened up to allow easy access to businesses as well as the residential areas” KeNHA’s report read. 

KeNHA maintained that the Nairobi Expressway stands at 64.8 per cent completion rate with the construction of the operation and monitoring center at 98 per cent. 

Other closed sections will be opened as follows; Westlands - James Gichuru Road will be restored on October 30, Haile-Sellasie - UoN roundabout will be opened on October 15.  

Motorists were, nonetheless, cautioned that the ongoing rains may lead to traffic disruption. 

“The onset of the rainy season in Nairobi could elicit other challenges that may lead to disruption of normal traffic flow” the notice read. 

Commuters and motorists plying Mombasa Road have often been caught up in traffic and have occasionally spent a few nights on the road

KeNHA advised drivers to follow traffic rules and desist from overlapping, one of the major reasons for congestion. 

Undated file Image of the Nairobi Expressway along Waiyaki Way in Westlands, Nairobi.
A file image of the Nairobi Expressway along Waiyaki Way in Westlands, Nairobi.
James Macharia