Kenyans will start using the Nairobi Expressway early next year, announced the government.
Transport Cabinet Secretary (CS) James Macharia said the project is 64 percent complete and is progressing well.
It was implemented by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) to ease traffic congestion in Kenya’s capital.
President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the 27.1km highway in October 2019.
CS Macharia said it is expected to have been completed by December 2021, and the contractor will have to test it for few months before commissioning it to the public.
“The contractor is working around the clock to minimize the inconveniences that Kenyans are facing at the moment. But this is just temporary, Kenyans will be using this magnificent Highway by early next year,” said Mr James Macharia.
“The contractor has already spent $400 million of the $620 million budget which is being used in the project. Given that the project started last year, this is a huge achievement,” said Mr Macharia.
He added, “The Nairobi Expressway is the first Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Road Project in Kenya, meaning that it will not be financed through the exchequer (i.e. neither debt nor GOK funds). The concessionaire, China Roads and Bridge Corporation, is responsible for designing, financing and building the expressway, and will maintain and operate it during the concession period.”
He noted the contractors are managing to work continuously without a break as the government provides security.
“The Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government has been and will continue to provide security to the contractor so that he can work day and night to make sure that they complete this project by the end of the year,” he stated.
Motorists will have to pay $3 to use the Nairobi Expressway.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.