Chinese contractor, China Road and Bridge Corporation handed over the Eastern by-pass road to Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) after successfully completing works on the road.

KURA will now be responsible for both routine and period maintenance of the road section between Embakasi Garison and road (C63) Kiambu-Ruiru.

The eastern by-pass section road is 26 kilometers with a fully marked road of thermo plastic paint, three major box culverts at Nairobi River, Gatharaini River, Kamiti River, two over-passes at Kangundo road and Ruiru railway over-pass with guard rails installed at specific locations.

The route is popular to motorists plying Thika, Kiambu and Ruaka routes from Mombasa road so as it avoid the Uhuru Highway which is common with traffic jam.

The bypass project, launched in 2009 by the president comprises of three main by-passes that are meant to reduce traffic and ease access and exit from the city. The Sh8.5 billion by-passes were: Northern bypass which links Limuru road to Thika Road; Eastern bypass which links Mombasa road to Ruiru-Kiambu road near Kamiti prison and the Southern bypass which runs from Kikuyu to Mombasa road via Ngong road & Langata.

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