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Government Bows to Pressure Over Changes on Nairobi Expressway

Overpasses are going to be built by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) at the Syokimau, Airtel, and Katani stations. These will be built with the intention of making it easier for people to cross the highway.

According to KeNHA, the adjustments are being made in an attempt to make the highway more user-friendly and to boost pedestrian safety. Specifically, the modifications will focus on improving pedestrian safety.

Notably, the Central Business District (CBD) and the neighborhoods surrounding it benefitted from the decongestion efforts of the multi-billion dollar project that had been initiated by former President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenyatta had been in office at the time of the project's inception.

Because of some of the proposed enhancements, it will be much simpler for motorists to go from Westlands or the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to the Central Business District (CBD) (JKIA).

President Uhuru made the following remark as he inaugurated the road: "The new highway that we created is meant to ease traffic bottlenecks in Nairobi as we develop our city in the sun."

One of the issues that was brought up when it was ultimately done in May of 2022 was the placement of pillars on the pavement, which increased the danger to pedestrians much larger than it already was.

One of the people who was walking said that because of the construction work, it was difficult for people who were walking or riding bikes to pass easily along the lower-decker road. "Because of the construction, it's difficult for both of you,"

A video that was published in May 2022 and showed children walking to school while crossing an eight-lane highway sparked debate and added fuel to the fire over the need of constructing overpasses.

Even though construction was taking place in February 2021, the China Roads Bridge Corporation (CRBC) was able to save a footbridge located at Bellevue along Mombasa Road.

On the other hand, Kipchumba Murkomen, the Secretary of the Cabinet for Transport, has only lately introduced a new strategy that intends to reduce the number of pedestrians who are killed as a result of being involved in traffic accidents.

The statement released by the CS indicates that the purpose of this new approach is to "ensure that all roads developed feature non-motorised transportation."

Content created and supplied by: RobertOnsongo (via Opera News )

CBD Central Business District Katani KeNHA Kenya National Highways


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