How does cutting down traffic delay time from 2 hours to 15 mins sound?
You bet! That’s what Kenya’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) $550m, 27km expressway in Nairobi is all about.
When all is said and done, the new, semi-platformed roadway will provide a new passageway for 85% of all cargo and commuter traffic. The project broke ground in October 2019, and Kenyans are already asking hard questions on Twitter.
Hmm, what are they saying?
Well, they’re not so thrilled about recent updates indicating that the new infrastructure may cost more than planned, and that toll fees for the highway will be collected by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), the MOTs partner in this public-private partnership.
When do we get to try this new expressway?
Soon. The highway is only 58.3% complete. It was initially slated to take three years from start to finish. But now, the MOT is promising a December 2022 delivery date.
Hmm, that’s fast.
Well, Nairobi’smotorists are tired! In August, thousands of drivers were stuck on one of Kenya’s main highways until the wee hours of the morning, amid a 10 PM – 4 AM curfew. The Ministry of Transportation (MOT) is now urging motorists to use commuter trains to avoid traffic. Bet you didn’t know that Nairobi had a commuter rail!
Oh cool…so it’ll be free!
….who said that? You’ll pay an estimated $0.10 per kilometer in toll fees depending on the size of your vehicle.
Nairobi’s population is growing at a rate of 4% annually. This project, among others, is meant to promote development outside of the capital as a part of Kenya’s Vision 2030 plan. Still, some believe that there were alternatives, like BRT systems and cycle tracks, with the potential to promote more transportation equality.
On the bright side, the controversial roadway comes with some benefits!
A newspaper clipping for Nairobi Expressway has been circulating on the twitter-sphere calling for 35 toll attendants & 2 account clerks. Interested?