The Expansion of Nairobi – Thika Road in Kenya from 4 to 8-lane super highway, which is a project worth $330 million, takes shape and is well on course to be ready for use in 12 months. The project involves Widening of University Way to eight lanes from six, four lane fly over across Globe Roundabout, widening of Murang’a road to six lanes, underpass at Pangani, flyover on Muthaiga roundabout and provision of footpaths. More on Business in Kenya is in Business Training in Kenya.
Construction Works on the Expansion of Nairobi – Thika Road
On the Forest road – Museum road – Museum Hill roundabout section, construction works on the Expansion of Nairobi – Thika Road involves widening of Forest road to six lanes from four lanes, widening of Museum Hill road to six lanes, provision of forked fly-over on Limuru road and provision of footpaths.
The Muthaiga roundabout-KU section has been designed as a high-speed highway with limited access and exits. The improvements on this section of the Expansion of Nairobi – Thika Road include widening of carriageway to eight lanes- (Muthaiga – Kasarani) and 6 lanes (Kasarani – Kenyatta University). Provision of service roads intermittently, construction of underpasses at Kahawa and Kenyatta University, provision of interchange at GSU roundabout, flyovers at Kasarani and Githurai roundabouts, underpass at former Nakumatt Thika road site, subway at Survey of Kenya and provision of footpaths.
Kenyatta University – Thika section in the Expansion of Nairobi – Thika Road includes widening the carriageway to six lanes up to Juja and maintaining the existing provision of service roads, construction of six lane flyover at Eastern Bypass, intermittent service roads, underpass at Ruiru sports club and at Mang’u High School as well as provision of footpaths.
The widest section in the Expansion of Nairobi – Thika Road, between Muthaiga roundabout and Roysambu, just beyond the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, consists of four express lanes on either side as well as two-lane service roads on each side. Construction on the 50km highway has been going on day and night and the three Chinese contractors are within schedule, according to a senior engineer at the Roads ministry who is in charge of the Expansion of Nairobi – Thika Road.
The Expansion of Nairobi – Thika Road, which was mainly necessitated by perennial traffic snarl-ups, has six projects within it that are being worked on simultaneously. Multiple interviews with engineers at the Ministry of Roads and the contractor in charge of the Expansion of Nairobi – Thika Road, but who are not allowed to give official statements on behalf of the project, also revealed the highway could drive “ordinary matatus” out of the road. “It is a road that will not accommodate the chaos and traffic indiscipline exhibited by matatu operators,” said the government engineer in charge of the Expansion of Nairobi – Thika Road. Already, Kenya Engineer learnt that a plan is being worked out on how matatus on the highway routes could be phased out and allowed to form a public transport company that will use buses. Such buses will be at various stages (bus bays) at an interval of five to 10 minutes.
“The owners, who will be shareholders, will be paid as per the kilometres travelled and not number of trips,” says the highly placed engineer involved in the Expansion of Nairobi – Thika Road. However, he added, this could take several months after the highway is opened.
Conclusion on the Expansion of Nairobi – Thika Road
With the superhighway between Nairobi as the capital city of Kenya and Thika, a town at the suburbs, the economy is to get a boost with the Expansion of Nairobi – Thika Road