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China Wu Yi to build Sh. 16 billion six-lane highway from Waiyaki Way to Mai-Mahiu turnoff

Chinese engineering group China Wu Yi has won a Sh16.4 billion contract for the expansion of a 25km stretch of Waiyaki Way that could see the highway expanded to a six lane.

The new road will start from James Gichuru Road junction to Mai Mahiu turnoff on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway. “The project is expected to ease traffic flow into and out of the city of Nairobi, and is one of the three major projects earmarked to decongest the city along the Northern Corridor alignment,” the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) Director General Peter Mundinia said in a statement Wednesday.

Works that will be undertaken on the road section by the Chinese firm include reconstruction of the 25 km dual carriageway highway with 10.5 metres width (that is, 3 lanes) of each carriageway.

It will also involve construction of 44km service roads 6 metres wide and the construction of 3.4 metres wide non-motorized transport lanes on either side of the entire length of highway to enhance road users’ safety.

Additionally, approximately 16km of collector roads will be upgraded to paved standard, to provide connectivity to communities living adjacent to the project road.

At the same time, 13 bridges at interchange locations, 21 pedestrian overpasses and 5 underpasses will be built. There will be provision of street lights along the project road.

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