• There was a heavy traffic snarl up in Kiboko along Mombasa Road on Wednesday, October 13, after a tree blocked the highway.

    Motorists were left stranded for hours leading some to alight and try to remove the tree from the road.

    The morning hiccup posed an additional pain to the motorists who are already grappling  monumental traffic jam that continues to be experienced along the busy Mombasa Road due to the Expressway construction.

    Traffic snarl up in Kiboko area, Mombasa road after a tree fell across the road on Wednesday, October 13.
    Traffic snarl up in Kiboko area, Mombasa road after a tree fell across the road on Wednesday, October 13.
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    “Usafiri umekwama kwenye barabara kuu ya Mombasa-Nairobi baada ya mti kuanguka na kuifunga barabara hiyo katika eneo la Kiboko  (Transport has been paralysed along the Mombasa-Nairobi road after a tree fell at Kiboko area),”  Fred Ngetich, a local journalist stated.

    At the time of publishing, the tree was yet to be removed from the scene. It would be advisable for motorists planning to use that route to use a different road.

    As at October 11, 2021, the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) announced the opening up of various completed sections of the Expressway to pave way for restoration works on the existing highway.

    The sections included; Imara Daima to General Motors (GM) and the section to Airtel Centre.

    The authority announced the opening up of traffic of the newly built road from Westlands to James Gichuru to facilitate completion of the works on the other half of the Road projected to be used by the end of October, 2021.

    The traffic menace along Mombasa Road has been a major concern for the majority of the motorists with some spending a nights on the road.

    KeNHA communications representative, Sam Kumba, previously noted that the majority of the traffic was worsened by overlapping motorists – whom he urged to adhere to the traffic rules.

    Onlookers at Kiboko area, Mombasa road where a tree fell across the road on Wednesday, October 13.
    Onlookers at Kiboko area, Mombasa road where a tree fell across the road on Wednesday, October 13.
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