The Kenya National Highways Authority (Kenha) has announced the reopening of some parts of Mombasa Road to ease traffic in the capital.

The move comes days after road users on Mombasa Road spent hours stuck in traffic. 

Through a public notice released on Monday, Kenha said it has established a multi-agency team to help control the traffic.

“This will include ensuring that construction sites have adequate and well-signposted lanes, rapid intervention in case of an accident and well-defined U-turns points,” Kenha said.

The JKIA-Mlolongo section will be reopened on September 10, 2021.

The Westlands-James Gichuru section will be reopened on September 30 while the Haile Selassie-UoN roundabout will be reopened on October 15, 2021.

The agency further noted that the elevated sections are about 71.6 per cent complete.

Construction of the Sh62 billion Nairobi Expressway started last year and has come at a cost for businesses and residents along Mombasa Road, with motorists enduring traffic snarl-ups.

On completion, the road will stretch 27km across Nairobi, and it is meant to ease traffic flows in and out of the centre of the city.

China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) is building the highway, whose construction is funded by a private company. Moja Expressway, a subsidiary of CRBC, will operate the road for 27 years to recoup funds through toll fees.

The Sh62 billion project is scheduled for completion in June 2022.

KeNHA on August 25 said the highway is 57 per cent complete, with the heavy works having been accomplished.

“Between now and December 2021, we are likely to see all the heavy works involving deep excavation, diversions completed,” Kenha chairman Wangai Ndirangu said in the past.

“For the period between January 2022 and June 2022, we will proceed to install the infrastructure that will allow us to operate the road furniture, marking, and the tolling booths.”

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