Nairobi Expressway closed from tonight – Operator

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Moja Expressway Company Limited has announced the closure of the Nairobi Expressway from Saturday 30th July.

According to a post seen by TBEN.co.keThe 27-kilometer stretch from Mlolongo to James Gichuru Road in Westlands will be closed on Saturday from 9 p.m.

Moja Expressway, a subsidiary of China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), noted that the closure will last until the road is officially opened.

An image of the Nairobi Westlands highway toll booth.

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“The inauguration will mark a monumental achievement that has given Nairobi a new face.

Moja Expressway Company Ltd regrets the inconvenience caused and motorists will be notified when service resumes on the highway,” the message read in part.

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Speak with TBEN.co.keMoja Expressway General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Zhang Jin, noted that the company could not specify when the expressway will reopen as it awaits commissioning by the president.

“The shutdown to allow us to prepare for commissioning as the trial period has expired,” Zhang said.

However, Zhang said: TBEN.co.ke that the Ministry of Transport will announce the resumption of service after commissioning.

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“We expect the head of state to put the Nairobi Expressway into operation by Sunday afternoon so that motorists can continue to use the road. But the official announcement will come from the Ministry of Transport,” Zhang explained.

Transport Minister James Macharia opened the way for a trial on Saturday, May 14.

CS Macharia stated that at least 11,000 vehicles had registered to use the causeway during the launch.

The CS further announced that the old Mombasa Road would be restored at a cost of Ksh9 billion and will include a bus rapid transit (BRT) system.

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Since its launch, Nairobi Expressway has helped reduce traffic, especially on Mombasa Road and Waiyaki Way. Despite a series of accidents, the Ksh 88 billion road has been praised for transforming the urban transport system.

In the trial period, Nairobi Expressway even took home the award for best infrastructure of the year. It was celebrated at the Africa Mashariki Transport Awards on Friday, July 15.

An aerial view of the Ksh88 Billion Nairobi Expressway.

An aerial view of the Ksh88 Billion Nairobi Expressway.

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