Transport Ministry inspects progress of Nairobi Expressway, CRBC assures timely completion

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Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has given the Nairobi Expressway a clean bill of health, after touring the material campsite.

Principal Secretary State Department of Infrastructure Prof. Paul Maringa CBS accompanied by KeNHA Director General Eng.Peter Mundinia during the visit.

Latest developments have been the securing of the central median in sections of Uhuru Highway and Mombasa road in order to safeguard road users plying the busy highway.

Works on the foundation piles situated on the elevating stretch have begun.

According to engineers, the 14M deep foundation pile is expected to support pillars that will raise the infrastructure to about 8m above Mombasa Road.

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CRBC surveyor Mr. Wu Yang accompanied by surveyors from KeNHA inspect a foundation pile at Bellevue. The pile is 14 M deep and the pillar is projected to be 8.2 M high. | Photo by MESHACK MAKAU

CRBC has deployed heavy machines such as foundation drilling rigs to aid the project, with the contractor engaging local engineers from the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).

The Nairobi Expressway project is expected to be a key source of employment both during and after construction.

“About 3,000 jobs will be created during the construction, and after construction, 500 jobs will be available.”

Eng. Mundinia also added that the project is in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s big four agenda, aimed at improving the lives of Kenyans.

“This project will support the realization of the Government’s “Big 4 Agenda” & “Vision 2030″, enhance the economic vitality of Nairobi and consolidate Kenya’s leading position as an investment destination in East Africa.” He said.

From Mlolongo to the Eastern Bypass the Nairobi Expressway will have four lanes. The section between Eastern Bypass and Southern Bypass will be a six-lane dual carriageway due to the significantly high volume of traffic brought in from the Eastern Bypass and the Southern Bypass to James Gichuru will be a four-lane dual carriageway.

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The road will have 10 interchanges at Mlolongo, SGR terminus, JKIA, Eastern Bypass, Southern Bypass, Capital Centre, Haile Selassie Avenue, Thika Road (Museum), The Mall Westlands and at James Gichuru Road.