The Kenya National Highways Authority is working closely with traffic police departments to aide Kenyans navigating the messy traffic occasioned by the expressway construction.
“We take note of the public concerns and wish to inform you that we are working closely with the Traffic Police to manage the situation to minimize the inconveniences currently being experienced by road users and motorists,” read part of the statement.
In a statement on the state of the pain-staking traffic jams, the authority claimed the relocation of crucial infrastructure and the heavy rains partly contributed to planning road diversions and drainage flooding.
The authority however added that drainage issues are being fixed to allow for improved flow of traffic.
With the deadline for the closure of the road fast approaching, motorists leaving town on the Uhuru Highway have been diverted to take Bunyala Road, Workshop Road, and Lusaka before rejoining Mombasa Road at the Nyayo roundabout.
Progress so far,
The China Road and Bridge Construction (CRBC) company say their work schedule is within time despite minor hiccups in relations to heavy rains and the traffic.
Major works that included a viaduct from the Southern bypass interchange to the Westlands area are well ahead of scheduled time.
The $600 million project is set for initial completion in December 2021, about 6 months ahead of the scheduled time.
The project has enabled more than 3,400 local youth to take up employment opportunities, and offer on-site training and experience due to exposure to diverse construction techniques implemented in the iconic project.