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Why pedestrians still risking their lives to cross Thika Superhighway

By Evelyne Musambi

Pedestrians crossing sections of the Thika Superhighway are still risking their lives almost one year after the building of additional footbridges started.

The four footbridges whose construction plan was announced in March 2018 and started in May 2018 are yet to be completed.

The completion date had been set for December 2018 and now with a three months delay, a new completion date is yet to be announced.

Column beams at the Garden City and Survey of Kenya sections are yet to go up and the site on both sides of the road is still enclosed by building sheets.


According to the Kenya Highways Authority’s (KeNHA ) Assistant Director for Communication, Charles Njogu, underground works are still going on.

“Underground works are going on and completion will be done in due course,” Njogu told Nairobi News.

“The initial December 2018 completion date was given while holding all factors constant including the releasing of funds by the exchequer but the projects will be completed in due course,” he added.

Fourway Construction Limited has been contracted to erect the Garden City and Survey of Kenya footbridges at a cost of Sh390 million.

Upon completion of the footbridges, KeNHA will remove all safety bumps installed in the four locations to speed up traffic flow as well as enhance safety of pedestrians.