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Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen launches Nairobi Expressway Haile Selassie Exit

On Saturday, Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen inaugurated the City Center segment of the expressway for trial use. The Haile Selassie Exit Plaza, situated at Greenpark and featuring five toll lanes, is now open after undergoing construction.

According to Murkomen, the initiation of the Haile Selassie Exit Plaza addresses the issue of the expressway being underutilized due to its previous exit being distant from the Central Business District (CBD) and Harambee Avenue, the focal point of government offices.

“It was observed that the value of the Expressway was being underutilized because of the exit that was far away from the CBD, distant from Harambee Avenue, which is the heart of government offices, including the offices of the President, the Deputy President, Parliament, Judiciary. The seat of government was not being served,” Murkomen explained.

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The newly opened exit is anticipated to alleviate traffic congestion and enhance vehicle flow between the Capital and Haile Selassie Roundabout. It aims to provide swift access to Nairobi CBD, Upper Hill, and Ngong Road.

Apart from the Greenpark Exit project, the Ministry of Roads plans to augment the Museum Hill Exit by adding two more lanes, expanding it from three to five lanes.

“The Nairobi Expressway is a shining monument to what Private-Public Partnerships can do. The Expressway has reduced travel time from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Nairobi from two hours to 20 minutes at no cost to taxpayers,” Murkomen remarked.

The Roads Ministry emphasized that the project has not only improved travel efficiency but has also become a significant job creator, generating over 500 permanent positions.

While recognizing that Public-Private Partnership (PPP)-modeled projects can ease the financial burden on the country, Murkomen expressed Kenya’s interest in pursuing similar projects. This includes the planned dualling of the Rironi-Mau Summit road and long-term endeavors such as the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, Athi River-Namanga highways, Kisumu-Isibania, and Kiambu Road.

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Ken Maasai

Ken Wakuraya is a seasoned Journalist with official accreditation from the Media Council of Kenya, possessing extensive expertise in covering political, Entertainment, and Human interest stories.

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