Motorists plying the busy Mombasa Road were on the morning of Monday, October 18, exposed to huge traffic jam which went on for several hours.
The traffic affected the stretch between General Motors and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) after a footbridge was as of late demolished to pave way for the construction of the Nairobi Expressway. In an assertion, the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) clarified that the traffic was brought about by a crane that had broken down.
The crane was being utilized to demolish the footbridge.
"KeNHA wishes to inform motorists regarding a traffic snarl up from GM area which has caused congestion of traffic flow for traffic plying towards Imara Daima and its environs."
"A brief breakdown of a crane that was before at the site caused traffic build-up. Work is, however, in progress by the project implementation team to clear the site and resume normal traffic flow," read the statement partially.
The authority accompanied their advisory with an apology note to the users who were rushing into the Central Business District (CBD) at that point.
A portion of the drivers and commuters faulted the authority for initiating the construction during rush hour henceforth inconveniencing numerous motorists. "You are really taking the Mombasa Road users for granted wouldn't you be able to do the deconstruction of the GM bridge at a convenient time? Monday morning... clearly?" Questioned Isaac Odi.
"Your planning though? There's a holiday in a day's time you were unable to bring crane-heavy jobs than when there's thin traffic? Or on the other hand around evening time? Mechanical breakdowns will always occur. Still plan better, please," Lamented Muema.
Mombasa Road has for a long time been a hotbed of traffic jam at various stages even before the construction of the Ksh65 billion Nairobi Expressway kicked off.
On Wednesday, October 13, there was a heavy traffic snarl up in Kiboko along Mombasa Road after a tree blocked the highway.
Motorists were left stranded for hours making some to alight and attempt to remove the tree from the road. The hiccup posed an additional pain to the motorists who are as of now facing monumental traffic that keeps on being experienced along the busy Mombasa Road because of the Expressway construction.
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