• The Sh88 billion project is a public-private partnership funded, with no debt incurred by the government.

• China Communications Construction Company, the parent firm of China Road and Bridge Corporation, is funding and building the highway.

on February 15, 2022
An aerial view of the Nairobi Expressway on February 15, 2022
Image: CHARLENE MALWA

Motorists intending to use the Nairobi Expressway will have to dig deeper into their pockets as the government revises toll rates up, by 16 per cent.

The Sh88 billion expressway has 11 interchanges at Mlolongo, Standard Gauge Railway, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Eastern Bypass, Southern Bypass, Capital Centre, Haile Selassie Avenue, Museum Hill, Westlands, and James Gichuru Road.

The expressway, with 18.2km on the ground and 8.9km elevated, is a class A, four-lane dual carriageway with a design speed of 80km per hour.

In the new rates, salon cars using the yet to be commissioned Nairobi Expressway from Mlolongo to the James Gichuru exit in Westlands will pay Sh360 from the initial Sh310.

Here is the breakdown:

  • James Gichuru to JKIA and Eastern bypass ---360
  • James Gichuru to Southern bypass -----240
  • James Gichuru to Capital Centre and Haile Selassie Avenue ----180
  • James Gichuru to Museum Hill -----120

 

  • Westlands to JKIA ----300
  • Westlands to Easter Bypass ----240
  • Westlands to Southern Bypass and Capital Centre ----180
  • Westlands to Museum Hill and Haile Selassie -----120
  • Museum Hill to JKIA and Eastern Bypass --- 240
  • Museum Hill to Southern Bypass -----180
  • Museum Hill to Capital Centre and Haile Selassie ----120

 

  • Haile Selassie to JKIA-----240
  • Haile Selassie to Eastern Bypass -----180
  • Haile Selassie to Southern Bypass -----120
  • Haile Selassie to Capital Centre -----120
  • Haile Selassie to Museum Hill -----120
  • Haile Selassie to Westlands ----120

 

  • Capital Centre to JKIA ----180
  • Capital Centre to Eastern Bypass ----180
  • Capital Centre to Southern Bypass ----120
  • Capital Centre to Museum Hill ----120
  • Capital Centre to Westlands ----180
  • Capital Centre to James Gichuru ----180

 

  • Southern Bypass to JKIA -----180
  • Southern Bypass to Eastern Bypass -----120
  • Southern Bypass to Capital Centre -----120
  • Southern Bypass to Museum Hill -----180
  • Southern Bypass to Westlands -----180
  • Southern Bypass to James Gichuru -----240

 

  • Eastern Bypass to JKIA ----120
  • Eastern Bypass to Southern Bypass ----120
  • Eastern Bypass to Capital Centre ----180
  • Eastern Bypass to Museum Hill ----240
  • Eastern Bypass to Westlands ----240
  • Eastern Bypass to James Gichuru----300

 

  • JKIA to Eastern Bypass ----- 120
  • JKIA to Southern Bypass ----- 180
  • JKIA to Capital Centre ----- 180
  • JKIA to Museum Hill ----- 240
  • JKIA to Westlands ----- 300
  • JKIA to James Gichuru ----- 300

 

  • SGR to Eastern Bypass ----120
  • SGR to Southern Bypass ----180
  • SGR to Capital Centre ----240
  • SGR to Museuem Hill ----300
  • SGR to Capital Westlands ----300
  • SGR to James Gichuru ----300

 

  • Mlolongo to SGR ----120
  • Mlolongo to Eastern Bypass ----180
  • Mlolongo to Southern Bypass ----240
  • Mlolongo to Capital Centre ----240
  • Mlolongo to Museum Hill ----300
  • Mlolongo to Westlands ----360
  • Mlolongo to James Gichuru ----360

The Government had announced that it will conduct test runs in this month ahead of the commissioning of the expressway by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

As of March, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport James Macharia had updated that the construction of the expressway stood at 95 per cent.

The bulk of the work along the 27.1 km road, being the main infrastructure was said to be completed with the focus shifted to ancillary infrastructure.

Moja Expressway, a subsidiary of China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), will operate the road for 27 years to recoup the money through toll fees.

CRBC is responsible for designing, financing and building the expressway, and will maintain and operate it during the concession period.

Several activities have also been prohibited on the expressway, including graffiti and scribbling on expressway property and setting up billboards without prior authorisation.

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