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State revises design for Nairobi expressway to avoid taking up Uhuru Park land

The Nairobi Expressway will run from Mlolongo in Machakos county to James Gichuru Junction, Nairobi.Image: COURTESY

By Mkarimu Media

The government has revised the design of an expressway planned to pass through the capital, Nairobi, following a public uproar that the project would hive off parts of a famous recreational park located along Uhuru Highway.

The four-lane dual carriageway is to cost Sh61 billion and will run over 27km from JKIA airport to the western part of the city.

On Wednesday, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia announced the design of the expressway was revised to ensure Uhuru Park remains untouched.

“We all recognize that Uhuru Park is an important public park and is one of the remaining parcels of green areas within Nairobi CBD that needs to be preserved for posterity, and further to ensure the environment is maintained in pristine condition,” Macharia’s statement read.

In the original design, an estimated 1.3 acres were set to be hived off Uhuru Park to give way for the road’s construction, according to Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).

CS Macharia indicated that an elaborate Traffic Management Plan will be put in place to ensure safety and minimal disruption to the road users during the construction of the double-decker highway.

“The current existing A8 Road will still be open and available to the road users as the contractor works on the median,” said the CS.

“The Traffic Management Plan will continuously be reviewed and improved during the construction period to ensure safety and improved road user experience.”

The expressway is intended to ease the flow of traffic in the city and will be fully funded by a Chinese firm, which will recoup its investment with road tolls.

News Agencies

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