Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia says the planned construction of an overpass from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) will begin soon.
Macharia says engineers are putting final touches on the design of the 28-kilometre bridge that will run from JKIA to Kangemi in Nairobi.
“Right now, we have engineers who are testing the soil at JKIA. It is no longer mere talks. We have done the bypasses around the city of Nairobi, we have done the Southern, Eastern and Northern bypasses and about a month ago we signed for Western bypass.”
“It critically important to make sure that people can go round the city of Nairobi without getting into the city,” Macharia tells Daily Nation.
Macharia says that the “expressway” is part of government plan to decongest the country’s largest airport and ensure passengers catch their flights on time.
“You land at JKIA and it takes you another two hours to get to the city. It is important to facilitate easy travelfor the tourists coming to Nairobi especially for tourism conferences,” notes Macharia.
The project is expected to cost Sh59 billion and will be done in three phases starting with phase one which runs from JKIA to Likoni Road.
Phase two will link Likoni Road to James Gichuru Road junction on Waiyaki Way in Westlands, while the final segment runs from James Gichuru Road to Rironi on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.