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KeNHA blames overlapping motorists on Nairobi-Naivasha highway for traffic snarl on up

Drivers using the Nairobi-Naivasha-Nakuru route were left stranded and frustrated as a massive traffic jam paralyzed the roadway overnight on June 24, 2023.

The Kenya National Highways Authority (Kenha) issued a plea to motorists to refrain from overlapping, which has been identified as a major contributing factor to the congestion.

The traffic jam, which originated at Kikopey, Gilgil, is believed to have been triggered by the World Rally Championship event taking place in Naivasha.

The influx of rally-goers and the ensuing chaos led to agitated drivers resorting to overlapping, worsening the already dire situation. Traffic police were promptly dispatched to the scene to restore order and alleviate the congestion.

Kenha’s Director General, Kung’u Ndungu, issued a statement on Sunday, attributing the traffic surge and the overlap of drivers to the ongoing rally event. Ndungu emphasized the importance of lane discipline and urged motorists to avoid overlapping as they approach the affected section of the highway.

“Accordingly, motorists are advised to exercise lane discipline and avoid overlapping as they approach this section in order to avoid further congestion,” stated Ndungu.

To temporarily ease the traffic situation, Kenha has also recommended alternate routes for drivers traveling on the Nairobi-Naivasha-Nakuru route. The suggested detour includes the Naivasha-Njabini-Olkalou-Ol Joro Orok-Lantet-Nakuru route and vice versa. Kenha assured the public that the situation is being closely monitored, with regular updates being provided.

The recent incident has sparked a wave of outcry from Kenyans on social media, with many demanding the expansion of the Nairobi-Nakuru highway to prevent a recurrence of such chaos

The Nairobi-Naivasha-Nakuru route serves as a vital transportation corridor, connecting major cities and facilitating economic activities. The recent traffic jam highlights the urgent need for infrastructure improvements and the expansion of capacity. Authorities are now faced with the challenge of addressing this recurring issue to ensure smooth traffic flow and the safety of road users. Kenha has vowed to actively monitor the situation and provide regular updates as efforts are made to resolve the congestion.

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