Kenya Power has revealed that the cost of relocating power lines along Mlolongo, Mombasa, and James Gichuru Roads to pave the way for construction of the 27.1 kilometre-long Nairobi Expressway will hit KSh1.08 billion. The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) will shoulder the entire cost.
Initial estimations point at an estimated 40 acres to be acquired for the project, partly from Kenya Railways, Uhuru Park, the University of Nairobi, and Boulevard Hotel.
Kenya Power is now tasked with the relocation of a combined 106 kilometres of high voltage (66kV), medium voltage (11kV), and low voltage cables. Twenty-eight transformers serving the area will also be relocated.
As of today, Kenya Power says it has covered 17 kilometres of the Nairobi Expressway. Once completed, 40.6 kilometres of the network will pass underground.
If all goes as planned, the relocation exercise, which began this month, will be completed by the end of November.
The Expressway begins at Mlolongo to JKIA, Nairobi’s CBD, and ends at Westlands along Waiyaki Way.
The Chinese who are also the financiers will build and operate the planned toll-road for 27 years, between 2023 and 2049, before handing over the project to the government.