Nairobi Expressway Responds to Dangerous Pipes Hanging on Highway 

  • A collage image of drainage pipes hanging from the elevated Nairobi Expressway.
    A collage image of drainage pipes hanging from the elevated Nairobi Expressway.
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  • Moja Expressway, the company charged with the management of the Nairobi Expressway, has responded to public concerns over dangerous drainage pipes hanging from the elevated 27-kilometer road.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, an official from the company stated that the company was aware of the situation and had taken note of the concerns raised by Kenyans, adding that the contractor had been notified over the same.

    The company further noted that the issue would be addressed before the road is officially commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta was accompanied by Infrastructure CS James Macharia and NMS DG Mohamed Badi to inspect the Expressway on December 23, 2021.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta was accompanied by Infrastructure CS James Macharia and NMS DG Mohamed Badi to inspect the Expressway on December 23, 2021.
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    Kenyans.co.ke reached out to Moja Expressway after motorists raised concerns over the pipes that are draining the water from the expressway to the old road, at times distracting motorists, an issue the road users say may lead to accidents.

    And with the country heading to the rainy season, motorists argued that this would be catastrophic if not addressed with the urgency that it deserves. 

    Motorists using the busy Uhuru Highway and Mombasa Road pictured the dangerously hanging pipes in areas around Capital Center and the stretch between University Way roundabout and Haile Selassie roundabout.

    Pictures of the pipes went viral on social media with a section of online users blaming the contractor for some of the flooding being witnessed in some parts of the old roads.

    "I would like to meet the genius who thought this is a good idea for the drainage system on the Nairobi Expressway," NTV journalist, Ben Kitili, expressed.

    "Since they are gearing up for the launch and the delayed long rains are here (hopefully), a safe drainage system should have been one of the first things they implemented," Krystal, a Twitter user, added.

    Other social media users called on the expressway to channel the flood water for storage and use it in watering flowers planted on the road's columns.

    "I guess that water can be put to better use by directing it to a tank placed somewhere on the Nairobi Expressway and have it water the flowers through some kind of drip irrigation," Liej Mumbo voiced.

    Nairobi Expressway pillar covered with wall creeper plants.
    Nairobi Expressway pillar covered with wall creeper plants.
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