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Nairobi Expressway Open! No U-turns, Tuktuks, pedestrians.

The Head of State, H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta, speaking on Sunday 8th May said that the Nairobi Expressway will resume active operations as from Saturday 14th May, for trials ahead of its official launch.

"We will allow Kenyans to use the Expressway so that we see the loopholes that exist before we officially launch it," he said. "From Saturday, the this road will be on use so that we can continue to build Nairobi and Kenya as a whole," he added.

Approximately 11,000 Kenyan motorists have already registered to use the 27-kilometre road so far.

They will be required to move at the recommended vehicle speed of 80km/h once it opens. 

Taking U-turns, doing reversals are prohibited following the previous ban on wheelbarrows, bicycles, pedestrians, photography and Tuktuks accessing the Expressway.

During an inspection tour of the Expressway, the Parliament's Transport Committee clarified that they were satisfied by the work that has been done on the road as they eagerly looked forward to launching it on Saturday for public use.

"The road is now complete and the work that has been done here is satisfactory. What we were observing mainly during the inspection was whether the road had good security and if it was safe for Kenyans to start using it," said David Pkosing, the Parliamentary Transport Committee chair.

For the motorists who have registered to start using the expressway, they have three payment options at the various toll stations along the road: The manual system, an electronic system and Cash payment.

The Manual Tolling Card (MTC) requires one to have the National Identification Card and Ksh.1300; Ksh.300 as a service fee and Ksh.1000 loaded onto the card upon registration.

The Electronic Tolling Card (ETC) requires one to have the National Identification Card, a logbook of the vehicle to be registered and Ksh.3000; Ksh.1000 as service fee and Ksh.2000 loaded onto the card.

The security of the Expressway is also tightened as the Expressway has 11 Toll Stations, 54 Toll  plazas heavily-guarded with 54 cameras and finally 126 cameras installed on the entire 27-kilometre Expressway.

In addition to that the road has a smart monitoring system that detects traffic congestion, spillage, vehicle reversal, pedestrian crossings and emergencies among others. The Nairobi Expressway is expected to cut travel time from South to West of Nairobi to about 30 minutes from 2 hours.

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