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Nairobi Expressway flyover collapses in Kangemi



A Nairobi Expressway flyover has collapsed in Kangemi area in Nairobi. The bridge which is part of the ongoing JKIA expressway construction collapsed on Monday late afternoon.

Four people were rescued while several others were reportedly trapped in the debris.

The 27.1-kilometre expressway which is being done by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC).

The expressway, which will link the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Nairobi-Nakuru highway, is already 15 percent complete. Reports say that the contractor has installed over 69 pillars and earthworks along the stretch. A section of the road from Mlolongo all the way to NextGen Mall, a distance of 18.2 kilometres and which is ongoing, will be a flatbed road, while the section from Nextgen Mall through the City-Centre to St Marks church, covering 8.2 kilometres, will be elevated.

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The Nairobi expressway will include a four-lane and six-lane dual carriageway within the existing median of Mombasa Road/Uhuru Highway/Waiyaki Way and 10 interchanges.

According to the Kenya National Highways Authority, KeNHA, the CRBC will be given outright concession to operate and run the expressway. “The private company will be granted a concession to build, operate and transfer the project for 30 years that includes a construction period of three years and thereafter an operation & maintenance period of 27 years,” KenHA said.

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