Government Issues Update on the Western Bypass

  • An undated image of the Nairobi Western Bypass under construction.
    An undated image of the Nairobi Western Bypass under construction.
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  • Transport Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia, on Friday, October 22, issued an update on the progress of the Western Bypass, the last of the four roads constructed to make a complete ring around Nairobi.

    According to the CS, the 17-kilometre road and its service lanes are over 85 per cent complete.

    The roads are expected to be commissioned by December 2021, with the service lanes scheduled to be completed by June 22, 2022.

    The road project, funded by the Government of Kenya, starts at Gitaru passing through Wangige to Ndenderu and terminating at Ruaka at the Two Rivers Roundabout.

    Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia speaking at KICC on March 17, 2016.
    Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia speaking at KICC on March 17, 2016.
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    Nairobi Western Bypass will have four lanes, and 20 services roads on each side as well as seven interchanges at Gitaru, Wangige, Kabete, Ndenderu and Ruaka. Construction of the road, which began in August 2019, will be completed in September 2022.

    The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) will oversee the road which cost taxpayers Ksh17.3 billion.

    CS Macharia stated that the service roads will ease traffic experienced in Nairobi's Central Business District.

    The Western Bypass will join Nairobi to Kiambu County with 11 traffic bridges, seven footbridges, slope protection walls and steel barriers for pedestrian control.

    The Nairobi Expressway, a pilot project by the government, joins the Western Bypass as one of the biggest road projects undertaken by the government.

    According to KeNHA, it will run from Mlolongo, through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Westlands along Waiyaki Way.

    On Mashujaa Day, President Uhuru Kenyatta stated that the government plans to construct the Mau Mau Road, which will be 480 kilometres long.

    The road will transverse through four counties of Murang'a, Nyeri, Nyandarua and Kiambu, and will be the longest road constructed in the country.

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    An undated image of the Nairobi Expressway passing above Waiyaki Way in Westlands, Nairobi
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