Kidero bars heavy truck from accessing Nairobi’s CBD
The Nairobi County Government has with immediate effect barred trucks that ply long distance routes from accessing the CBD.
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero confirmed us much on his official social media pages on Saturday, adding that the decision had been enforced by his County Government as one of the ways of reducing traffic within the City.
“All trucks (which weigh) above 8 tones will also not be allowed to use Uhuru Highway to get to the city centre and the highway and instead, use the Southern bypass and the great road between 5am-10pm as they are a major contributor to the heavy traffic jam being experienced in the City” Kidero said.
Most of the aforementioned trucks access the City whilst on transit with goods from the Port of Mombasa that are delivered to upcountry destinations such as Eldoret, Kisumu and Lodwar, and neighbouring countries including Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The County Government has also assured its residents that all estate routes will be refurbished and used as alternatives to ease traffic flow.
Kidero was speaking during a tour of the Southern bypass on Langata Road, to check on the status of its construction.
The Governor also instructed the China Road contractors at the venue to close the 4km stretch of the Southern bypass next week for a 24 hour construction that is expected to last a week, so as to ease the traffic along Momabasa Road.
The Governor was accompanied by the Acting Cabinet Secretary for Roads and Public Works James Macharia, Nairobi County Executive for Roads Mohammed Abdulahi and celebrity singer Jackson Makini aka Prezzo.
This development comes only a week after the County Government implemented the closure of a number of roundabouts located within several points in Nairobi in a move to unclog heavy traffic in the city.