The ongoing construction of the Nairobi Expressway according to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Roads, James Macharia, is over 70% complete. The CS made the revelation when he visited the project site at the end of October 2021.
This revelation came approximately 4 days after the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) Director-General Engineer Kung’u Ndung’u had announced that the construction of the expressway was 68.4% complete.
Eng. Kung’u had also announced that the operation and monitoring center, which will help in the management and maintenance of the expressway once it is fully operational was 98% complete and expected to be fully completed before the main road works.
Opening of various closed road sections along the Nairobi Expressway
Various road sections that were closed to facilitate the construction of the expressway have already been reopened to the public. These sections include the sections between Mlolongo and JKIA, half of the newly-built road from Westlands to James Gichuru Road, and the new pedestrian bridge at General Motors (GM) along Mombasa road.
The Haile Selassie and University of Nairobi roundabouts have diversions to pave way for works in that section that is set to be reopened on December 15, 2021, once the construction works are complete.
Opening a better Waiyaki-Uhuru Highway -Mombasa road
The old Waiyaki-Uhuru Highway -Mombasa road according to CS Macharia will also be opened by December 25, 2021. The CS explained that the Nairobi Expressway contractors are currently done with piling and they are setting up the beams that will be completed by mid-November.
“We will not just open the old Waiyaki-Uhuru Highway -Mombasa road but a refurbished Waiyaki-Uhuru Highway -Mombasa road. The road has been mostly damaged because of the heavy equipment used for construction of the expressway, but worry not because we shall leave it in a better condition than we found it,” explained the Transport and Roads CS.