It takes a traveler in Ruaka about 30 minutes to get to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) once the Nairobi Expressway is completed.
The road is also expected to cut travel time from Rironi on the Nairobi-Nakuru motorway to the JKIA from three hours to just 20 minutes.
More importantly, Kiambu farm produce takes less than an hour to get to the JKIA for export and downtown markets.
Head of Delivery Unit for the President and Chief of Staff of the State House, Nzioka Waita, said the country is losing about 11 million shri of economic value every hour in traffic, and the goal is to reduce that loss.
“It’s important to know that the expressway is only part of a larger project. The president is determined to address the economic impact of congestion, ”he said last week while touring the expressway and other road projects in Nairobi.
“It looks like we’re losing around 11 million shutters in economic value every hour due to traffic jams.”
The road projects carried out include the expansion of the eastern bypass from City Cabanas to Ruiru, the connection to the Nairobi Inland Container Depot (ICD) and the North Airport Road to the Outer Ring through Umoja to Dandora and ending in Baba Dogo, making the entire section, Mr Waita added.
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the 27 km expressway will be completed in February 2022, tested in March and commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta in April 2022.
“The Athi River-Machakos junction is only one section of the entire corridor that we have from Mombasa to Malaba. We have six key segments of this particular trunk, ”he said.
The Nairobi Expressway is one of the sections from the Athi River junction to James Gichuru Road, which is now approximately 64 percent complete.
From there, the section to Rironi is now 93 percent complete and leads from there to Mau Summit, a distance of 175 km with a loop around Naivasha.
This segment has already been awarded to the French contractor Vinci as part of a public-private partnership.
“The last section leads from the Mau Summit to Malaba, a project that we are negotiating with partners about how it can be done,” explained Mr. Macharia.
The CS stated that their focus is on making sure that no segment is left behind.
“The Athi River junction connects two major trans-African highways – the one from Mombasa to Malaba and the junction with the Great North Road, which starts from Cairo to Egypt and comes from Namanga in Tanzania, then joins the northern corridor in the city of Nairobi the museum junction where it heads north to Moyale. goes
“We not only integrated the inter-county infrastructure, but also the intra-Africa infrastructure,” said the CS.