State abandons plan to use Uhuru Park land for city’s Sh62bn expressway


Following public outcry, the government has decided to review the design of the planned Nairobi expressway to ensure that Uhuru Park unscathed is left untouched.
Infrastructure Principal Secretary Paul Maringa said the road’s design had been changed to minimise damage on iconic facilities and lessen compensation payouts.
Mr Maringa said “not an inch” of Uhuru Park would be hived off in what is likely to win over critics of the road project.
The Sh62 billion-road was designed to cut through the recreational park and the historic papal dais at the University of Nairobi, eliciting a wave condemnation.
The expressway will link Mlolongo and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to the Nairobi-Nakuru highway at Westlands.
Once completed, the road will ease the flow of traffic in the city
It is fully funded by a Chinese firm – China Roads and Bridge Company (CRBC) – which will recover its investment with road tolls.


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