A section of Waiyaki Way will remain closed through to 2021 to allow for the construction of the Ksh62 billion Nairobi Expressway.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) Director-General Peter Mundinia confirmed the 500 metre stretch from Goodman Tower to Sanlam Tower will be closed from Saturday, September 26, 2020, to April 1, 2021.
The authority directed that all vehicles from City Centre headed towards James Gichuru should turn left into the service road before St. Mark’s Footbridge and rejoin Waiyaki Way after Mvuli Road.
Pedestrians have been advised to use designated pedestrian crossing in front of Park Inn Hotel.
KeNHA will also be deconstructing the St Mark’s bridge in Westlands.
“Motorists are further requested to follow directions as shall be indicated on the road signage provided, and/or by traffic marshals on site,” said Eng. Peter Mundinia.
The Nairobi Expressway is a four-lane dual carriageway designed to run along the central reserve of the A8 road starting from Mlolongo, all the way to the James Gichuru junction.
The project stems from a 2008 approval by Parliament to construct a 77-kilometer double-decker road in Nairobi under a 30-year build-operate-transfer deal to ease traffic in the city.
Once complete, it will take motorists 20 minutes to drive across the city from Mlolongo to Rironi near Limuru, through Westlands. Currently motorists take two to three hours to make their way through the same stretch.
The construction of the expressway is going to cost about Ksh62 billion and this amount as a long term debt is expected to attract interest of Ksh30 billion.