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Why KeNHA Closed Part Of Eastern Bypass For Four Hours

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Kenyans using the Eastern Bypass to connect to Mombasa Road from various points along the stretch were left taking the longer route to access the road beneath to get to their destinations.

The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) dropped a surprise announcement to motorists on Thursday, January 20 that it would close a section of the busy road to allow for the completion of the construction of the Nairobi Expressway.

Targeted for the temporary closure was the Eastern Bypass interchange and to reduce traffic disruptions, the period was set for in between Thursday, January 20 at 10 pm to Friday, January 21 at 2 am.

A huge traffic jam along Mombasa Road. /TWITTER.ALI MANZU

“During this time, motorists are advised to follow in directions shown and as will be directed by traffic marshals. We urge motorists to exercise patience and lane discipline for smooth flow of traffic,” KeNHA said in their notice on Thursday.

On Friday, January 14, motorists using Mombasa Road to and from the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) were warned of more heavy traffic jams along the road as well as several roads in the city.

KeNHA had advised the motorists as well as commuters to plan their journeys in advance amidst traffic disruptions along the major highway.

Among the areas notorious for overlapping and huge snarl-ups is Mlolongo, where a new pedestrian footbridge is being constructed. Motorists were encouraged to exercise caution while approaching.

Another affected area was the Allpark service road, where access from the service lane to Mombasa Road has been blocked to reduce congestion on the main carriageway. Motorists on the service road who wish to make a U-turn were advised to do so at Mlolongo.

Gateway Mall has been undergoing excavation and protection of an oil pipeline that crosses under the Nairobi Expressway.

The General Motors (GM) area was also expected to have heavy traffic due to a temporary diversion as a road is being built to connect the area to the expressway.

The stretch from Bunyala Road to University Way will also have a lot of traffic as construction is still ongoing.

The construction of the Ksh72.8 billion road is entering its business end and with an 82 per cent completion, it is expected to be ready for operations by March 2022.

“Motorists are urged to continue exercising caution and road courtesy as that will help manage traffic better. In the meantime, KeNHA is committed to ensuring timely completion of the Nairobi Expressway and delivery of the best services to customers and stakeholders at all times,” KeNHA noted in part.

The construction of the operation and monitoring centre as of January 14 stood at 99.5 per cent completion while the elevated section stood at 98.5 per cent completion.

Aerial view of the Nairobi Expressway. /TWITTER.NRBEXPRESSWAYKE

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