Road safety body petitions Inspector General of Police to increase surveillance on the road
Ongoing construction of the Nairobi Expressway has turned the lives of motorists using the busy Mombasa Road into a nightmare.
When not stuck in jams snaking up to five kilometres, motorists are at the risk of being attacked by criminals, who are taking advantage of chaotic snarl-ups.
The gridlocks, which stretch from Mlolongo through city centre all the way to Waiyaki Way, are worse during peak hours when people are heading to and from work. Many motorists complain it takes them several hours to navigate through the jams that usually spill over to adjacent roads.
Criminals lurking in the shadows add to their misery. Some of the motorists have been injured or lost valuables to the thugs.
Following the security risks, Road Safety Association has now petitioned Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to increase surveillance on the highway.
David Kiarie, the association’s chairman, said they had received several complaints from motorists prompting him to write to the police boss, appealing for deploying of more officers on the highway.
“We are not against the construction works. However, our concern is that the IG should ensure security is beefed up to protect road users from harm,” says Kiarie.
Traffic chaos are as a result of construction of the expressway expected to reduce jam in the city once complete. Motorists using it will, however, pay between Sh100 and Sh1,550, depending on the size of the cars and distance travelled.
The towering expressway, a dual carriage within existing Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway and Waiyaki Way, will have an additional four to six lanes and 11 interchanges or exits and entry routes that will act as toll ramps.