The Nairobi Expressway has been named the Best Road Transport Infrastructure of the Year.
During the Afrika Mashariki Transport Awards held on Friday, July 15. In an announcement made by the Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA), the elevated highway was voted the best in the awards that celebrate excellence in the transport industry.
Moja Expressway Company, the firm charged with managing the roadway, celebrated the victory and thanked Kenyans for their support.
"We won the Transport and Infrastructure Award at the Africa Mashariki Transport Awards yesterday (July 15). Thank you so much for voting for us," they stated.
The Expressway beat the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), the Ngong - Suswa Road, the bypasses, the revitalization of the Nairobi Commuter Rail and the expansion of the Kenol - Marua Road.
In addition, the Virtual Weighbridge emerged second runners up in the best Innovation Technology in Transport category.
Super Metro was named the best Matatu Sacco of the Year, with their staff, Nicholas Wanjiru and Peter Kitaranya, feted as the best driver and conductor of the year respectively.
Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) employee, Engineer Peter Mwaniki, was named the employee of the year.
The 27-kilometre highway continues to get both local and international recognition with the latest coming from American publisher TIME magazine.
In the ranking that saw Nairobi listed among the world's 50 greatest places, the Expressway was stated to provide a reprieve to traffic congestion in the capital city.
"The brand-new Nairobi Expressway, the Ksh76 billion (USD650 million)project, provides a long-overdue reprieve from congestion in the centre of the city, so residents and visitors can access it more easily and quickly than ever before," the magazine noted.