Nairobi’s first double-decker highway, which will cover the traffic bottleneck stretch between the Nyayo Stadium roundabout and Westlands, is projected to be completed in four years.
According to Kenya National Highways Authority director general Meshack Kidenda, the design of the World Bank-funded road expected to ease traffic congestion between the airport and Rironi in Limuru is being finalised, and construction should take three to four years.
Under the project, in which the World Bank has loaned Kenya Sh25.5 billion, while the government is expected to provide Sh9.5 billion, Waiyaki Way, which begins at the Westlands roundabout, will be expanded to create an extra lane for commuter buses, up to Rironi.
The new road will transform Nairobi’s infrastructure set-up to that of a modern city, with service lanes allowing for rapid movement of commuter buses and connections with other transport services like railways and airports.
The funding deal was signed last September.
Mr Kidenda announced the road plan when he launched the construction of a footbridge at Bellevue on Mombasa Road in Nairobi yesterday. It is one of five footbridges to be built on Mombasa Road to minimise road accidents involving pedestrians on the six-lane highway.
Another has been planned for at CMC Motors.