KeNHA To Close Two Nairobi Roads For Up To Two Months

Both roads will be closed to facilitate the construction of the Nairobi Expressway, with motorists advised to use alternative routes.

KeNHA To Close Two Nairobi Roads For Up To Two Months

The Kenya National Highways Authority has announced that it will close two roads in Nairobi from Monday, June 28.

The ramp from Waiyaki Way in Forest Road will be closed from Monday, June 28 to Sunday, August 1, a period of 34 days. Whereas, the Capital Centre access along Mombasa Road will be closed from Monday, June 28 to Saturday, July 17, a period of 20 days.

Both roads will be closed to facilitate the completion of the construction of the Nairobi Expressway, with motorists advised to use alternative routes.

The alternative routes advised by motorists to use on closure of the ramp in Waiyaki Way in Forest Road. /TWITTER

"KeNHA apologises for any inconveniences that may be caused as the authority endeavours to provide am efficient, safe and reliable road network," read the authority's two statements.

The authority has been temporarily closing sections of Uhuru Highway, Waiyaki Way and Mombasa Road as contractors race against time to complete the Ksh62 billion, 27.1 kilometre highway.

The alternative routes advised by motorists to use on closure of Capital Centre access along Mombasa Road. /TWITTER

It runs from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) all the way to James Gichuru road and once complete, it will be one of the landmark projects in President Uhuru Kenyatta's Big Four agenda that aims to cut short the time taken to travel from the airport to the CBD and beyond.

Elsewhere, the authority took note of the heavy traffic along the Nairobi-Naivasha-Nakuru highway that manifested into a mega-traffic jam on Saturday, June 26 as scores of motorsport fans trooped to Naivasha for the third day of the World Rally Championship (WRC).

The gridlock was believed to have started forming in the early hours of Saturday as fans traveled from Nairobi and other areas. It was said to have lasted over 5 hours.

Regular commuters travelling on the highway have been stuck at the Kinangop Junction along the highway since 8:00 a.m. 

The authority offered motorists alternative routes for motorists using the stretch as follows:

  1. Rironi-Mai Mahiu-Naivasha (approximately 60 kilometres). All heavy goods vehicles must use this route which is about 58 kilometres long while all the other vehicles use the Rironi-Naivasha route.
  2. Naivasha to Nakuru (approximately 68 kilometres) where all the traffic from the cited routes and any local traffic converge, thus the massive surge in traffic jams along this stretch.

Route 1 consists of Njabini flyover (near soko mjinga market)- Njabini- Engineer- Olkalou- Ol Joro Orok- Dundori and terminating at Lanet (Nakuru), a route of 190 kilometres.

Route 2 consists of Naivasha-Engineer-Ol Kalou- Ol Joro Orok- Dundori and ending at Lanet (Nakuru), a distance of 186 kilometres.

Route 3 consists of Gilgil- Ol Kalou- Ol Joro Orok- Dundori and ending at Lanet (Nakuru), a distance of 103 kilometres.

It encouraged motorists to use the aforementioned routes between Nairobi and Nakuru whenever convenient to avoid traffic snarlups in Naivasha ahead of the final day of the Safari Rally on Sunday, June 27.

The massive traffic jam experienced as motorsport fans trooped to Naivasha for the third day of the World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally. /COURTESY