The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has been forced to take action over increased flooding along Mombasa Road.
In a statement shared on Sunday, November 28, the authority noted that it had dispatched excavators in an attempt to open up the drainage.
Photos seen by Kenyans.co.ke showed three excavators digging a sizeable trench along the busy road. The authority also announced that barricades would be erected in the affected areasA car submerged in muddy waters at City Cabanas along Mombasa Road on Sunday, November 28, 2021.File
"In light of recent floods along Uhuru Highway and Mombasa Road (A8), the Nairobi Expressway project team has dispatched excavators to open up the drainage and dredging in the affected sections.
"The flooded areas are also being barricaded to enhance safety. KeNHA regrets any inconveniences caused," read the statement in part.
The development came hours after a car was submerged in water inside an unmarked ditch along the highway.
On the morning of Sunday, a white saloon car was filmed submerged in a trench at City Cabanas near Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The trench had been drilled next to the highway without any barriers signalling danger for the motorists. It is still not clear whether anyone was hurt in the incident.
Separately, motorists were seen struggling to drive along Uhuru Highway as the floods marooned their vehicles.
The flooding situation has always aroused ire from motorists who ply along the road since the Nairobi Expressway project kicked off in early 2020.
Commuters on the route argued that the perennial flooding along the road, as well as on Uhuru Highway, had been recurrent without any action from relevant authorities.
On Saturday, November 27, KeNHA had cautioned motorists against using Uhuru Highway following heavy rains that caused flooding.
KENHA noted that the flooding had affected the roads around Nyayo Stadium and Bunyala roundabout, adding that a team had been deployed to fix the situation.Barricades erected near drainage trenches on Mombasa Road to enhance safety on Sunday, November 28, 2021.KeNHA
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