Govt Steps In To Tame Messy Mombasa Road Traffic

KeNHA stated it has deployed a multi-agency team to speed up the works and guide the traffic flow on Mombasa Road as well as Uhuru Highway.

Govt Steps In To Tame Messy Mombasa Road Traffic

The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has announced a raft of measures to end the crazy traffic jams that have plagued motorists using Mombasa Road as well as residents living along the road resulting from the construction of the Ksh63 billion Nairobi Expressway.

In a public notice released on Monday, August 30, KeNHA stated it has deployed a multi-agency team to speed up the works and guide the traffic flow on Mombasa Road as well as Uhuru Highway.

In a bid to cut time spent on the road, the authority announced new opening dates of the major roads closed within Nairobi County that were shut to pave way for the construction. JKIA- Mlolongo section will be the first roads to be opened on September 10, 2021.

Massive traffic jams along Mombasa Road. /TWITTER

The Westlands - James Gichuru road will be reopened next on September 30, 2021, with Haile Selassie- UoN roundabout following suit on October 15, 2021.

KeNHA also announced plans to reduce dust around construction sites and diversions by the frequent sprinkling of water.

The roads authority additionally warned motorists driving on the construction sites against causing traffic disruptions by failing to follow the designated drive roads.

It also announced that it would erect adequate signposts on the new lanes as well as defined turning points.

The changes come as new revelations on the construction of the Nairobi Expressway point out to a June 2022 completion and operationalization and not February as had been earlier projected.

KeNHA chair, Eng. Wangai Ndirangu, told Spice FM on Wednesday, August 25, that the project was 57 percent complete with the heavy works so far completed.

"I would say that whatever is remaining now is the lighter portion. Between now and December 2021, we are likely to see that all the heavy works involving deep excavation, diversions completed," Ndirangu stated

"For the period between January 2022 and June 2022, we will proceed to install the infrastructure that will allow us to operate the road furniture, marking, and the tolling booths."

Addressing the traffic jams witnessed during peak hours along busy city roads and stretching beyond curfew hours, Ndirangu said KeNHA always provided traffic updates and alternatives routes and that it would continue doing so until the project is complete.

"We will make the media briefings on Fridays more available so that people anticipate what's coming in the following week and also let them know what it is that we are doing to relieve the situation," Ndirangu stated.

Aerial view of the Nairobi Expressway under construction. /FILE