Nairobi Expressway: Accident at Toll Station Reveals New Design Flaw

  • The Nairobi East toll station of Nairobi Expressway.
    The Nairobi East toll station of Nairobi Expressway.
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  • An accident at the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) exit along the Nairobi Expressway on Sunday, May 29, raised safety concerns from motorists over the designs of some of the exits along the elevated 27-kilometre road. 

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, an official from Moja Expressway, the company tasked with handling the road for 27 years, stated that the driver of the lorry had swerved and hit a pole near the toll station. Fortunately, the driver escaped unscathed. 

    The official also intimated that they had taken note of the concerns raised by Kenyans in order to rectify the situation in the best way possible. 

    A lorry swerves into a pole along the SGR exit of the Nairobi Expressway on Sunday, May 29, 2022.
    A lorry swerves into a pole along the SGR exit of the Nairobi Expressway on Sunday, May 29, 2022.
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    The company, according to the official, would address the concerns of the expressway before the official launch by President Uhuru Kenyatta which is to be at a later date. 

    "The expressway is on a trial period so we are taking note of these concerns in order to see the best possible way to rectify the issue along with others being raised by motorists," the official stated. 

    A section of the motorists had raised concerns about the design including the exit point into Mombasa road at the Southern bypass, whereby they decried that the route was too sharp and would easily cause accidents. 

    A number of design flaws along the road have raised eyebrows from motorists who have urged the government to address them to ensure they are sorted before the official launch. 

    These include poor drainage whereby pipes were hanging from the elevated road and pouring onto the lower road as well as a pillar built on a pedestrian's pavement along the Central Business District (CBD). 

    The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), through its affiliate, Moja Expressway, promised that all roads affected by the construction of the elevated project would be repaired to the state they were in before the commencement of the project. 

    Further, the expressway road administration manual had proposed a hefty fine that could go up to Ksh8 million for motorists who damage property along the road. 

    The proposed document is still being discussed and the charges are yet to be formally adopted into law. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta accompanied by Transport CS James Macharia and NMS Director General Mohamed Badi in December 2021.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta accompanied by Transport CS James Macharia and NMS Director General Mohamed Badi in December 2021.
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