Southern By-pass is officially open in a bid to easing traffic snarl ups on Mombasa Road, Waiyaki Way and other Southern and Western parts of Nairobi. This will ensure that heavy commercial trucks weighing above eight tonnes barred from using Uhuru highway in Nairobi between 5am-10pm when the traffic is perceived to be high. For the past one week, the bypass had been undergoing fast track levelling in order to have way ahead of its scheduled November launch.
County traffic police officers and marshals have been deployed at Ole Sereni junction and at Kikuyu to direct drivers of the heavy vehicles. Last week, Nairobi County government was forced to reopen the right turns on three roundabouts on Uhuru highway that led to increased traffic especially along Mombasa Road. Currently, the Authority is reviewing the flow of traffic as it decides on its next course of action.
The county seeks to reduce jam by 30-40 per cent by removing six roundabouts in the city, which are perceived to be cause of traffic snarl ups experienced in the capital. Nairobi residents lose KES 91billion per year due to traffic jam, according to Nairobi County government.