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Heavy Traffic on Major Roads as Kenyans Travel for Festivities

  • As Kenyans travel for the festivities, heavy traffic snarl-ups have been experienced on some of the major roads within Nairobi and highways leading out of the city.

    Among the highways that have experienced heavy traffic is the Nairobi – Nakuru highway. In particular, travellers have lamented the delays they have experienced from Limuru to Mai Mahiu.

    From the traffic updates, both lanes of the highway experienced traffic congestion which has been contributed to by the overlapping drivers trying to beat time to get to their destinations.

    Traffic snarl-up experienced along Nairobi - Nakuru Highway taken on December 24, 2021.

    Traffic snarl-up experienced along Nairobi – Nakuru Highway taken on December 24, 2021.

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    “There’s traffic snarl-up due to overtaking after Ngubi police post just before Mai Mahiu yet there’s no traffic police on site. Both lanes have been rendered impassable,” Rono Nickson lamented.

    Some of the travellers lamented that the traffic has been building for the past two hours, with some of the motorists calling on the police and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to intervene even as they hope to reach their destinations on time.

    “The main issue is being caused by guys overlapping. The police did a good job between Limuru and Kimende. After viewpoint guys started overlapping again,” Stephan Ochieng’ stated.

    With the delays that have been experienced along the highway, some of the motorists have sought to use alternative routes.

    “Traveling to Nakuru from Nairobi? Use Mangu Flyover Road, then Engineer Olkalou, Olkalou – Ndundori, Ndundori – Nakuru. About 60kms longer, but you arrive sane, and with fenders intact,” Ken Mwirigi, a social media user advised.

    Additionally, traffic has also been experienced along Nairobi – Nyeri highway from Kenol to Makutano, with motorists being forced to seek alternative routes to get to their destinations.

    Within Nairobi Metropolis, traffic updates indicate that some of the roads have been clear since morning with traffic likely to build up during the day.

    However, there was some traffic snarl-up along Haile Selassie Avenue as motorists move to the CBD and Westlands. Some of the traffic has been attributed to the vehicles leaving the CBD for Western part of the country.

    “At Haile Selassie Avenue the traffic is tight. Zero movements. I thought everyone was upcountry,” Immanuel Mugendi, a social media user stated.

    Traffic police officers stop motorist at a checkpoint. On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, NTSA issued a warning to motorists.

    Traffic police officers stop motorist at a checkpoint. On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, NTSA issued a warning to motorists.

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