KeNHA to open closed roads in Nairobi

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Mombasa Road users will be compelled to exercise a little bit more patience following an announcement by Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) that all closed sections will be opened in the next one and a half months.

KeNHA, in a statement sent to newsrooms, today, announced that it will officially open all closed sections along Mombasa Road on October 15, 2021.

KeNHA Acting Director General, David Muchilwa, however, said the JKIA-Mlolongo section will be opened on September 10, 2021.

The Westlands-James Gichuru section will be opened on September 30, 2021, with the Haile Selassie-UoN Roundabout, set to be opened on October 15, 2021.

KeNHA added that multi-agency teams have been dispatched to control traffic, in a bid to ensure rapid response in case of accidents, adequate and proper signage, and well-defined U-turn points.

At the same time, motorists have been urged to keep within the speed limits and avoid driving on the construction site to minimize the dust.

“The Authority is determined to fast track the ongoing works as we assure all road users that we will continually provide adequate diversion for smooth flow of traffic,” reads the statement in part.

Nairobi is notorious for its traffic jams, but last week, Thursday night, saw the worst residents can remember, with frustrated drivers venting their anger online, after spending hours overnight in Mombasa Road’s enormous traffic jam.

The gridlock happened on a stretch of road where a massive new expressway is being built, but the traffic jam was reportedly made worse by a road accident, with netizens calling on the contractors to provide alternative routes while the work was being carried out.

By Alice Gworo 

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