CS Murkomen announces measures to avert flooding along Mombasa Road
Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen has announced new measures the government will undertake to avert flooding challenges witnessed along Mombasa Road.
This follows a heavy downpour that wreaked havoc across different parts of Nairobi.
Areas affected include Mombasa Road (A8), specifically the Bunyala Road roundabout, the Nyayo Stadium roundabout, Capital Centre and the Imara Daima road section outside Imara Mall.
Through a statement, the CS asserted that he has instructed road agencies such as the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) to undertake drainage procedures along Mombasa Road and other affected areas.
The CS says the move will help enhance the safety of motorists and a smooth flow of traffic.
"I have, in this regard, instructed road agencies under the Ministry to resolve the flooding challenges so as to ensure the safety of motorists and smooth flow of traffic. The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), for instance, is under strict instructions to undertake immediate drainage procedures along Mombasa Road and other affected areas," Murkomen stated.
He also affirmed that repairs work along Mombasa Road, which was damaged during the Expressway's construction had begun.
"We have already enlisted the services of contractors to begin repair works along Mombasa Road which was badly damaged when the Expressway was being constructed," the CS said,
"The work is expected to be completed in one and a half years. In the meantime, even as we complete the contractual protocols with the incoming contractors, KENHA has put in place measures to unclog the drainage systems thereof," he added.
Further, the CS advised motorists to be extra cautious when accessing the roads to avoid injuries and accidents.
"The ministry is committed to offering long-term solutions to deal with the issue of flooding on our roads, through proper designing of our roads and unclogging of existing drainage systems among others," he stated.