KeNHA Begins Clearing Pathway For Expressway Construction
Kevin Namunwa  |  Oct 8, 2020

Plans for the construction of the Nairobi Expressway are already underway as the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) works to relocate infrastructure along the corridor.

KeNHA will spend Ksh 4.5 billion to relocate power lines, fibre optic cables, water and sewerage pipes among other infrastructure.

The Authority’s director-general Peter Mundinia said the outlay would be paid to individual utility firms to clear their respective assets.

“The total amount will be Sh4.5 billion including the amounts we are paying to Kenya Power to move its power lines out of the project wayleave. It will also finance the relocation of other facilities,” he said.

Kenya Power has already received Ksh 1.08 billion to relocate its electricity lines between Mlolongo on Mombasa Road and James Gichuru Road to allow the construction of the Expressway.

According to Kenya Power, it will cost around Ksh 10 million to relocate a kilometre of the electricity lies and targets to complete the relocation by December.

Kenya Power Managing Director Bernard Ngugi last week said they had already relocated close to 20 kilometres of power lines as part of the three months’ exercise that will see 40.6 kilometres of cables buried to minimise interferences

The firm has a combined 106 kilometres of high voltage (66kV), medium voltage (11kV), and low voltage cables as well as of 28 transformers within the affected area.

Other utility service providers including the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company (NWSC) and several telcos have also began removing their infrastructure.

Chinese firm, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) has already began works on the Nairobi Expressway which targets to link the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to James Gichuru Road on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.