The Moja Expressway Company has announced the commencement of operations at the newly constructed Haile Selassie Exit Plaza.
In a statement, Moja Expressway noted that operations at the exit will start on a trial basis on Saturday, January 20.
The exit, according to the company, will have Five lanes which are expected to help in easing congestion in the area between Capital and the Haile Sellasie roundabout.
Motorists heading to Nairobi CBD, Upper Hill and Ngong Road are set to benefit from the new exit constructed more than a year after the Expressway was launched.
“We are pleased to announce that the trial operation of the newly completed Nairobi Expressway Haile Selassie Exit Plaza will commence on Saturday, 20th January 2024,” Moja Expressway announced.
Construction of the new exit commenced in July 2023 as part of the plans adopted to improve the efficiency of the Nairobi Expressway.
In December 2023, Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen confirmed that the five-lane exit at Haile Selassie would be ready by mid-January.
Speaking during an awards ceremony, Murkomen said the road had proved to be a success and highlighted its impact on Nairobi’s mobility.
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In addition, CS Murkomen revealed plans to roll out more improvements on the elevated road, noting that his Ministry was in talks with the University of Nairobi to negotiate for land needed to expand the Museum Hill exit.
As per the CS, the Museum Hill exit will be expanded from the current three lanes to five lanes upon acquisition of more land.
The project has on several occasions earned recognition due to its impact in reducing congestion in several parts of the city.
However, the project has not been without its challenges with motorists often complaining about congestion at toll points.
Nairobi city residents have also in the past raised concerns about lack of proper drainage system which has seen the elevated highway cause flooding in sections of the Uhuru Highway, Waiyaki, and Mombasa Road.
Constructed under a private-public partnership arrangement, Murkomen lsaid the road had set a precedent for implementation of other mega road projects.