The Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has announced that plans to expand Nairobi-Nakuru highway are to commence in December. The road is to be done under a public-private partnership and it will feature a four-lane dual carriageway in its first phase.
The Nairobi-Nakuru highway which is known for its perennial traffic snarl ups, its expansion plan has attracted debate and accusations on alleged tendering malpractice which have later been dismissed.
Mr. James Macharia stated that the first phase of the expansion will hold a new dawn for business in Kenya and open up doors to investments. The highway will be expanded to a 4-lane dual carriageway which could possibly be increased to six lanes depending on traffic.
An Italian firm was awarded the tender to carry out the expansion at the cost of KSh160 billion. This expansion will be a relief to the public especially flower farmers and those in the tourism industry over the dilapidated state of the Moi South Lake Road in Naivasha. The Transport Cabinet Secretary announced that works on the busy road will commence in the next week.