The notorious traffic jam along the Uhuru Highway could be a thing of the past if the newly released proposal for the upgrade of the road is implemented. The project to be financed by the government and World Bank has the design of an elevated highway to run above the existing Mombasa Rd-Uhuru Highway from Likoni road junction at Ole Sereni Hotel to James Gichuru junction off Waiyaki Way.
The design done by Otieno Odongo Engineering Consultants will get rid of the roundabouts between Nyayo stadium and Westlands which are considered a main cause of the traffic along the route. The Nyayo Stadium roundabout will be replaced with single point diamond interchange. An elevated roadway-viaduct will be constructed towards Haile Selassie roundabout and end past the University Way roundabout.Haile Selassie road, Kenyatta Avenue and University way will all pass below the elevated roadway viaduct.
The 12km road upgrade project is set to start in January next year and be ready for use in 2015. It is part of Kenya National Highway Authority’s (KeNHA) larger plan to improve the thoroughfare from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Rironi. Other improvements will include proper pedestrian pavements, service roads and a functional storm water drainage system.