Construction is finally underway on the Eastern Bypass in Nairobi, marking the start of a Sh12.5 billion project to upgrade the 28-kilometre road into a dual carriageway.
The contractor, China Communication Construction Company (CCCC), has already moved to the site – with construction work now underway at Utawala in Embakasi.
This comes shortly after Kenya signed a Sh2 billion loan with an undisclosed financier for the project, according to Treasury documents tabled in Parliament last month.
Eastern Bypass, which is under by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority, starts at City Cabanas via Ruai towards Ruiru passing over Thika Road and joining the Northern Bypass.
Belt and Road Forum
The Eastern Bypass dualling project was among 11 projects that Kenya showcased to global investors during the Belt and Road forum held in Beijing, China, in May 2017.
The project, which will be completed in 12 months, is expected to ease traffic congestion on the busy road that links Mombasa Road to Thika-Nairobi highway.
It will also be a major win for the proposed Northlands City – a Sh500 billion Kenyatta family-owned mixed-use development on a farmstead between Eastern Bypass and Thika Road.
The estate, which will include residential, commercial, and industrial units, will add up to 30,000 vehicles per day onto Eastern Bypass and 27,000 vehicles daily onto Thika Road.
In 2019, Kura announced that it had factored a key interchange to connect Northlands City to the Eastern Bypass in the ongoing dualling of the road.
Planners of the project had proposed construction of two interchanges, one linking it to Eastern Bypass near Thika Road and another connecting to the Greater Eastern Bypass.
The roads agency, however, rejected the proposal and advised the planners to amend their plan to provide for a single interchange serving as a single junction into and out of the site.