The Kenya National Highways Authority (KenHa) has opened alternative routes along Mombasa Road in a bid to ease traffic congestion occasioned by the construction of the Nairobi Expressway.
In a public notice this week, KenHa said the Expressway is 76.4% done and is on schedule for opening to the public by June 2022.
Construction of the elevated section of the road stands at 93% completion while construction of the operation and monitoring centre stands at 98%.
“Even as the civil works are ongoing, traffic management remains a critical component of project implementation. This is to ensure relative ease of movement and safety for all road users. Due to the ongoing rains, various sections of the road have experienced flooding and civil and drainage works have been prioritised in the affected sections,” the Roads Authority said.
KenHa said it has opened four sections along the main Mombasa Road that have since been reconstructed.
- Gateway Mall – Hilton Garden Inn
- Sameer Park – Southern Bypass
- David Osieli Road – Agha Khan School
- Museum Hill underpass
KenHa noted that work is still ongoing on Museum Hill underpass even though it has been oeped to the public.
It also listed sections where traffic issues may still be experienced. They are:
- U-Turn from Allpack service road: Access from the service lane to Mombasa road has been blocked to reduce congestion on the main carriageway. Motorists on the service road may make a U-turn at Mlolongo.
- Gateway Mall: Ongoing excavation and protection of an oil pipeline that crosses under the Expressway on the A8 road.
- GM area; There is a temporary diversion to pave way for the ongoing works.
- Capital Centre: Ongoing rehabilitation of the A8 Road (Mombasa bound lane) necessitating traffic to be diverted to the town bound lane.
- Bunyala Round About – University Way: Construction is still ongoing in this area.
KenHa also announced that the closed sections at Gateway Mall and the Haile Selassie – University Way Roundabout will open on December 15.