The government of Kenya and World Bank has signed a multi-billion financing agreement for the construction of an elevated highway from JKIA linking Nairobi-Nakuru highway. The building of the KES380bn project is intended later this year in efforts to reduce traffic snarl-ups across the region. Tender for the huge project was awarded to China Wu Yi as government awaits its groundbreaking ceremony. Designs for the first two sections are already finalized.
The dual carriageway will be constructed in three phases. The first stretch will start at JKIA and Likoni Road Junction to the Southern Bypass Interchange. The second stretch covering 12km will connect Likoni Road to James Gichuru Road Junction (near ABC place) and the last section will run from James Gichuru to Rironi area in Limuru.
The outstanding feature the highway will have is an additional dedicated lane for Mass Rapid Transit system along the 25.3km James Gichuru Junction to Rironi section. It will be used to ease urban mobility and make commuting a less stressful experience for the over 2.6 million people currently entering or leaving the city daily.
It will also boast of dedicated bus lanes and interchanges at intersections with Popo and Kapiti, Langata and Lusaka, Bunyala, Rhapta as well as James Gichuru.
The second stretch (Likoni Road to James Gichuru Road Junction) will have elevated dual carriageway between the roads over Railway Bridge, just before Haile Selassie intersection up to KBC headquarters. The section will also have cross access bridges and service lanes to enhance local traffic flow at the Riverside Drive and Chiromo lane, Parklands Road, David Osieli Road and Brookside Grove.
Moreover, service lanes on either side and non-motorized traffic (read pedestrians and bicycles) lanes on either side of the entire stretch will be put up.
Other considerations include rehabilitation of existing pavements, construction and rehabilitation of sidewalks, pedestrian walkways, footbridges/underpasses, storm water drains, street lighting and traffic light signaling.