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We Are Fine With Traffic Jams, Kenyans Tell Gov’t Over Expressway That Cuts Through Uhuru Park

A pictorial representation of the proposed expressway. [IMAGE/ COURTESY]

Kenyans are upset with reports that the proposed construction of the JKIA-Westlands expressway will cut through the iconic Uhuru Park.

The road which is being constructed by the China Roads and Bridge Company (CRBC) is set to start operations in 2023, under the management of the Chinese.

The road will be handed over to the Kenyan government in 2049, after China has minted a cool Ksh102 billion through toll charges.

Saloon cars will pay a fee of Ksh6 per kilometre to use the road, which would translate to Ksh162 while trucks with four or more axles will pay Ksh30 per kilometre, which could as much as Ksh800.

Read: How KeNHA Inflated Cost Of Mombasa-Nairobi Expressway By 67 PC, Forcing US To Delay Funding

The Project Company has the right to adjust tariff based on market demand when the currency rate changes and no competitive projects before and during a specific period after the project.

The expressway is a four-lane dual carriage with class standard along the median strip of the A8 national trunk road. The project with a design of 80 kilometres will start from Mlolongo, connect to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, fly rough Nairobi’s CBD and end at James Gichuru Road.

It will have a centre line of 27 kilometres. The first 15 kilometres will be constructed at grade and the last 11.4 kilometres will be built on elevated road.

Read: How KAA Compromised JKIA Security Through Faulty Ksh600 Million Security Scanners

According to the project designs, there will be 10 interchanges between Mlolongo, SGR terminus, Eastern and Southern bypasses; Capital Centre, Haile Selassie, Museum Hill, the Mall Westlands and James Gichuru Road junction.

According to a section of Kenyans on Twitter, the project is trashing the milestones made in conserving the environment, which entails conservation of Uhuru Park.

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Written by Francis Muli

Follow me on Twitter @francismuli_. Email francis@kahawatungu.com

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