KENHA: Mbagathi Road to be Closed From Saturday

  • Mbagathi Way footbridge
    An image of Mbagathi Way footbridge under construction.
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  • The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has announced that Mbagathi Road will be temporarily closed on Saturday, November 6.

    The closure is meant to allow for the construction of a footbridge.

    A statement from KeNHA advised motorists to use alternative routes since traffic will be disrupted as workers erect a footbridge at the T-Mall roundabout for two days.

    KeNHA alerted motorists that the road will resume normal traffic flow on Monday, November 8, at midnight. Further, the roads authority stated that the construction will be in two phases.

    Motorists will, however, be given appropriate directions to help ease traffic snarl-ups on the busy road which serves Lang'ata, Madaraka, and Rongai estates and their environs.

    Mbagathi Way footbridge
    Mbagathi Way footbridge under construction.
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    "KeNHA wishes to notify the public that a section of Mbagathi Road, at the T-Mall Roundabout, will experience traffic disruptions. This follows the planned closure of the road to pave way for the erection of the T-Mall footbridge," the statement read in part.

    "The road will be closed on Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 12:00 midnight to Monday, November 8, 2021, at 12:00 midnight. The work is designed to take place in two phases, where appropriate directions will be provided as shown in the drawings below," he added.

    Motorists were further advised to exercise caution and road courtesy while driving on the road for better traffic management.

    "KeNHA advises motorists to follow the proposed traffic management plan and cooperate with the police and traffic marshals on site," the statement continued.

    The construction of the Ksh3 billion footbridge commenced in July 2021 and KeNHA issued an advisory to motorists plying Langata Road to be cautious when driving along the route.

    The project consists of upgrading the Langata-Mbagathi-Mai Mahiu crossing utilizing a four-lane flyover on Langata Road, as well as the expansion of adjacent roads, and the construction of a footbridge on Mbagathi way.

    According to KeNHA, the flyover is expected to facilitate motorists headed to Rongai and Magadi to cross the road at the Shell Petrol Station that is adjacent to the Wilson Airport.

    Vehicles headed to South C, Mbagathi Road, and Wilson Airport will pass via the underpass bringing sanity to traffic flow around that area.

    The project, which is aimed at ending traffic jams at the busy Langata Road junction, was conceptualized under the Public Private Partnership between the Government of Kenya and the Spanish Government.

    KeNHA revealed that the construction of the project was expected to take 36 months (3 Years) and construction will happen in seven phases, to ensure minimal traffic interruptions.

    Mbagathi Way footbridge
    An image of the newly opened Mbagathi Way footbridge.
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