New footbridges to ease traffic congestion on Thika Road

A footbridge on Thika Road
A footbridge on Thika Road. PHOTO/THIKAROADBLOG.NET
Two more footbridges will be added to the 18 Thika Road bridges as part of a government’s bid to curb pedestrian deaths on the highway.

The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has invited bids for the construction of footbridges along the busy highway, pushing forward a project that has been on the cards since mid-last year.

“[KeNHA] invites tenders from eligible candidates for provision of construction of pedestrian crossing facilities across the Thika Superhighway at Wateithie and Mangu road,” reads a notice by KeNHA.

The procurement follows a February High Court ruling that directed the KeNHA and City Hall to remove bumps and rumble strips along the highway within 60 days.

The ruling by Justice George Odunga followed a petition by Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko who had sued the two agencies arguing that the bumps were the cause of traffic jams on the road.

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Thika Road is currently fitted with 18 footbridges with 10 more designed but yet to be erected due to lack of funds.

In May last year, residents of Juja petitioned Parliament for construction of more footbridges along Thika Road in a bid to avert rising pedestrian fatalities.

They called for the erection of footbridges at Witeithie main stage, Gwa Kairu Crossing near KU Ruiru campus, Juja Highpoint/Ndarugu crossing point, Bob Harrie/Nyacaba roads crossing and at the Toll Station near Theta Club.

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