The Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) has announced plans to construct two elevated carriageways at the city centre. The new project is patterned after the Nairobi Expressway currently under construction by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).
KURA explained that the new infrastructure will involve the construction of two elevated carriageways along Valley Road-Kenyatta Avenue junction around Integrity Centre through to the CBD and Ngong-Nyerere Road interchange through to Upper Hill-Haile Sellasie Avenue.
“The elevated carriageways are two, one from Integrity Centre to Serena (Hotel) and another on the Milimani Close,” said KURA Resident Engineer Benjamin Asin.
The two overpasses are supposed to link Ngong Road to Nairobi’s CBD and unlike the Nairobi Expressway which is supposed to ease traffic and pass over the CBD.
The KURA official said the initial phase of relocating existing service infrastructure is already ongoing. The roads authority on Monday held a stakeholders consultation meeting on the proposed construction.
“At the moment, we are doing preparatory works that involve the relocation of works planning and geotechnical investigations,” he said.
He revealed that the overpasses will be designed to approach the Nairobi Expressway at lower levels emptying traffic into the CBD through Kenyatta Avenue and Haile Selassie Avenue.
“There will be no connection because that one is for traffic that are going express so we do not want to mix, so as traffic approaches the Expressway, it will go down and into the city,” said Engineer Benjamin.
Kura said the project will not involve the demolition of any buildings but will chip into portions of land owned by All Saints Cathedral, Millimani Commercial Court, and some along Nyerere Road.
The project is estimated to be completed by 2023 and the work has been assigned to China Road and Bridge Corporation. The project is budgeted to cost Ksh. 2.9 billion.