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Kenha ‘working’ to fix drainage on Nairobi Expressway

The Kenya National Highways Authority (Kenha) says it is working to fix the poor drainage system along Mombasa road which it says was brought about by the Nairobi Expressway.

Kenha in a statement observed the rainy season and poor drainage had caused traffic snarl-ups around the capital.

The statement comes after a public outcry from motorists using Mombasa Road.

The authority added that the contractor is working to ensure all other features of the Nairobi Expressway are fixed and that the road is safe for all motorists.

“The water on the Expressway will be properly channeled to designated drainage lines,” Kenha said.

Following the recent heavy downpour, Mombasa Road and Uhuru Highway experienced traffic disruption because the pool of water on the Expressway was draining to the lower road, causing severe flooding.

“We regret any inconveniences caused by this occurrence,” it added.

The road development, management and maintenance agency noted that as per the design, “flood water will be channeled through trimmed downpipes, gutted downwards along with the pier caps and finally to U-drains below the soffit of the viaduct.”

“In the meantime, the contractor has deployed extra work teams and equipment to focus on all outstanding works including the drainage system – targeting completion before the rains result into peak flows,” the authority stated

The authority called on motorists to exercise caution when driving through the stormwater in the affected areas as they work towards resolving the situation.

Video clips and pictures shared by motorists showed water being directed from the partially elevated road to the lower one inconveniencing them.