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Construction of the Nairobi highway is progressing in the capital, with contractors working around the clock to complete all segments in record time.

Motorists using the Mombasa Road and Waiyaki Way in recent months have seen the elevated road from below as it skirts the mighty walls and pillars of the road ahead, with the summit out of bounds due to ongoing construction.

Photos of the completed sections were first shared during an inspection visit to the site on Wednesday March 31 by Transport CS James Macharia.

Transport CS James Macharia inspecting the Nairobi highway on March 31, 2021

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“The Nairobi highway is expected to improve Nairobi’s economic competitiveness and consolidate Kenya’s leading position as an investment destination in the region,” he said.

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The project is currently 30% complete and officials anticipate a timely completion in December 2021 with an expected opening for public use by April 2022.

The road is designed to accommodate all types of vehicles as well as motorcycles with systems in place to ensure compliance.

Speaking in an interview on Wednesday, March 17, the KeNHA boss revealed that they are building a special lane for bodaboda riders so as not to obstruct the flow of vehicles.

“Everyone will be allowed to use the Nairobi Expressway, bodaboda, trailers and everyone else will be able to use it,” he said.

A photo of the top of the Nairobi highway taken on March 31, 2021.

A photo of the top of the Nairobi highway taken on March 31, 2021.

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The elevated portion of the Nairobi Highway will provide road users with a unique view of the city, passing close to key landmarks such as Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, SGR Terminus, National Stadium of Nyayo, Parliament Buildings, Uhuru Park, University of Nairobi and the National Museums of Kenya.

The Ksh 62 billion road was classified as a toll road by the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, James Macharia, in December 2020.

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The highway will have nine stations. Motorists will pay between Ksh100 and Ksh1,600 depending on the type of vehicle.

Transport CS James Macharia inspecting the Nairobi highway on March 31, 2021

Transport CS James Macharia inspecting the Nairobi highway on March 31, 2021

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Interchanges will be built at Mlolongo, Syokimau, JKIA, Eastern Bypass, Southern Bypass, Capital Center, Haile Selassie, Museum Hill, Westlands and the Mainline station at the end – St Mark’s / Lion Place in Westlands.

There will be a roundabout at the junction of Enterprise Road and Mombasa Road, and another at the junction of James Gichuru and Red Hill Link Road.

    Transport CS James Macharia during an inspection visit of the Nairobi highway on March 31, 2021.

Transport CS James Macharia during an inspection visit of the Nairobi highway on March 31, 2021.

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Transport CS James Macharia during an inspection visit of the Nairobi highway on March 31, 2021.

Transport CS James Macharia during an inspection visit of the Nairobi highway on March 31, 2021.

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A culvert for traffic along the Nairobi highway on March 31, 2021.

A culvert for traffic along the Nairobi highway on March 31, 2021.

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