- Once taken off, motorists will have to pay tolls ranging from Sh100 to Sh1,550, depending on the size of the vehicle and the distance travelled.
- Fees are calculated on a dollar basis to protect the Chinese operator from exchange rate losses.
- On Thursday, Prof Maringa told the committee chaired by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi that the expressway was ready to open.
The Nairobi Expressway has been completed and is now subject to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s availability for commissioning, Parliament has been told.
Infrastructure Secretary Paul Maringa told the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) the Sh88 billion expressway will open this month, subject to Mr Kenyatta’s calendar.
Once taken off, motorists will have to pay tolls ranging from Sh100 to Sh1,550, depending on the size of the vehicle and the distance traveled.
Fees are calculated on a dollar basis to protect the Chinese operator from exchange rate losses.
In March, the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) was forced to issue a statement denying the road had been opened, days after viral reports surfaced on social media that the much-anticipated expressway would be open temporarily and free of charge until March use had been released 31.
Some motorists shared video clips as they drove the 27-kilometer road, claiming the road had been opened up for the trials even before it was opened by Mr Kenyatta.
On Thursday, Prof Maringa told the committee chaired by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi that the expressway was ready to open.
“The expressway will be operational this month depending on the president’s calendar,” he said.
With the current government’s term coming to an end in three months, Mr. Wandayi wanted to know the status of important projects currently being implemented by the ministry.
Prof Maringa told lawmakers that the ministry is aggressively pursuing project implementation to ensure they are completed as planned.
“We are completing the majority of key projects,” he said.
Alongside the Expressway, Prof Maringa said several roads, including the Nairobi Western Bypass, which is currently 99 percent complete, will be operational ahead of the August election.
The Sh17 billion Western Bypass connects the Southern Bypass at Gitaru and the Northern Bypass at Ruaka, completing the fourth and final phase of the Nairobi Ring Road Network Master Plan, which also includes the Eastern Bypass.
Prof Maringa said the Athi River-Mulolongo-Mombasa exit will also be launched ahead of Mr Kenyatta’s government exit.
Also scheduled to open is the Sh6.5 billion Mombasa-Kwa Jomvu Road, which will begin at the intersection of Kenyatta Avenue and Digo Road in Mombasa’s central business district and lead to the Makupa area, which will include the Makupa Causeway connects with Changamwe.