Motorists plying or planning to use the Nairobi - Maai Mahiu - Narok Highway were on Thursday, March 23, cautioned of an ongoing clearance following heavy downpour.
In a statement issued by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), motorists were advised to use Narok - Kisiriri - Nakuru Road and Maai Mahiu - Nakuru Road to allow for better traffic flow.
KeNHA further advised motorists to exercise caution as they drove through the area especially during peak hours and at night.
"Motorists planning to use the Nairobi - Maai Mahiu - Narok Highway are informed of an ongoing clearance of the overburden after last night’s heavy rainfall which resulted in flooding and extensive deposition of eroded material on the road from Maai Mahiu towards Narok and 6 Kilometres from Duka Moja," the statement read in part.
"To enable better traffic flow, KeNHA urges motorists to use Narok - Kisiriri - Nakuru Road and Maai Mahiu - Nakuru Road. Motorists are further advised to exercise caution as they drive through this area, especially at night and when it’s raining," KeNHA added.
The Authority stepped in after rainwater washed away part of the Maai Mahiu-Narok road in the Suswa area on Thursday morning, March 23.
This led to a gridlock that stretched to several kilometres after motorists were caught up in a traffic snarl-up.
The response team deployed an excavator and a team of workers who eventually cleared the way for the motorists.
As a result, security agencies embarked on efforts to clear the debris of the floods from the road.
Elsewhere, motorists plying along other highways in the city were forced to spend long hours in traffic due to the overnight rains.
Those who plied along Mombasa Road lamented that the main road around General Motors (GM) was flooded compelling them to use the service lane. Others were forced to walk barefoot owing to the rainwater which covered footpaths and crossing areas.
Most of the country is experiencing sustained rainfall according to the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD).