Is Nairobi's double decker road sustainable?
The elevated uhuru Highway THE GOVERNMENT OF KENYA plans to construct a 12Km over-pass over Uhuru Highway at a cost of US$200m. The World Bank funded project, will also include building by-passes in Kisumu city and Meru town. The two by passes will cost an estimated US$60 million. Therefore the entire project will cost US$260 million of which the Kenya government must raise 20 per cent or US$52 million. Other components of the project include construction of an additional Lane from Nairobi West lands suburb to Rironi in Kiambu County. It will also include service roads. The project is variously justified as a solution to congestion on the Northern corridor and as a panacea to slow movement of traffic between JKIA and its customers to the West of Nairobi. And critics have raised the red flag wondering if the road is necessary now or in the next 15 to 20 years. The critics have a point as there are other on-going transport infrastructure developments in the city th