Have you been stuck in Mombasa Road traffic lately? Well! I have found myself stuck in the Mombasa Road snarl up for long hours a couple of times, and even ended up sleeping there due to the ongoing construction. I know you may have cursed the contractors in charge of the works. Let’s explore together……. what exactly is Nairobi express way? what impact will it have once the construction been completed and ready.
When finished, Nairobi Express Way will be a 27km (17miles) highway, some elevated, that will connect Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the east of the city to the Nairobi – Nakuru highway (and all the way to the Western part of Kenya and connecting to other countries including Uganda and further Rwanda, DRC etc) in the west. Isn’t that a great link to the East Africa Broader! The express way runs along the median strips of Mombasa Road starting from Mlolongo, Uhuru highway and Waiyaki way, (terminating at James Gichuru Road) in Westlands.
It will have 10 interchanges at
- SGR Terminus at JKIA
- Eastern Bypass
- Southern Bypass
- Enterprise Road
- Capital Centre
- Haille Selassie
- Museum Hill
- The mall- Westlands
- James Gichuru Road Junction
The project will have four pedestrian foot bridges at;
- Imara Daima
- General Motors
- St Marks
The express way is expected to serve at least 25,000 vehicles per day. With the completion, it will take between 15- 20 minutes to cover the 27km stretch which starts from African Inland church mlolongo, all the way to James Gichuru on Waiyaki way. Won’t it be amazing to traverse through from the East to the western part of Nairobi in less than 20 minutes!
Maybe you’ve heard rumors that the road users will be charged, yes, it’s true. The road will be tolled but the cost will be worth it (who would like to stay in traffic for hours, loosing valuable time and huge costs to fuel?) and here’s the reason why the modest pay as you use is charged;
The project is being financed and constructed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC). The Chinese firm will operate the highway under a public- private partnership. The CRBC will operate the tolled road for 30years during which it will recover its cost (with interest) before transferring its operation to the Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA).
This means the four and six lane dual carriage way with 10 interchanges along the route, will not be free to use. The drivers will have to reportedly pay a toll of between ksh6 and ksh30 per km depending on the size of vehicle.
- Motorists on light vehicles with 2 axles will pay ks100 to ksh300, depending on entry and exit points.
- Those on light vehicles with 2 axles and a high bonnet will pay ksh150 to ksh 450 all depending on the entry and exit points.
- A motorist driving from AIC Mlolongo to the standard gauge railway, Syokimau, or Eastern Bypass will part with ksh 160.
- Drivers with heavy vehicles with fewer than 4 axles will pay ksh 400 to ksh 1200.
- Those with heavy vehicles with more than 4 axles will pay ksh 500 to ksh 1500, depending on entry and exit point.
- Some vehicles are however exempted from paying, i.e., ambulances, police vehicles, military vehicles.
- Boda bodas and tuk tuks will be banned from using the road.
How are we going to benefit from the Express Way?
- On completion of the project, where it would take about 2 hours to commute from Mlolongo to Westlands at rush hour, it will be reduced to about 20minutes.
- The existing A8 road from mlolongo to James Gichuru junction will remain free for use and will also be relieved of traffic.
- It’s meant to ease traffic flows in and out of the center of East Africa’s main commercial Hub.
- The express way will result to high degree of residential development along the area, it will increase property value hence residents will start leasing out their dwelling for commercial use and thus one way of investing.
- It will result to improved access to facilities like education and health facilities, recreational areas, religious and cultural institutions and also water and electricity.
- Will provide opportunity for businesses to grow
As you know having good infrastructure will increase the demand for properties near the area and thus with the demand the prices of the properties will begin to appreciate, so why don’t you acquire your property at anaffordable price in Kitengela with Cherd Africa Limited before the price go up?
The Nairobi Express Way project is set to complete on February 2022, so acquire your home before its too late. Contact us on 0724125605 or 0734315336. While there might be some little suffering now…….it will be a great blessing in the very, very near future. We can all see!
Cherd Africa will be launching its new project on 11th Dec 2021 and having a handover the same day, you are invited.