Construction Underway At The Bomas Interchange

Part of Langata Road at the interchange will stray into the property adjacent to the highway. The affected land owners are in the process of being compensated.

Road shoulders are made with similar standards like the Nairobi-Thika Highway. This section is off limits to traffic.

Road shoulders are made with similar standards like the Nairobi-Thika Highway. This section is off limits to traffic.

The Junction of Langata Road, Forest Edge Road and Magadi Road has long been the source of endless traffic snarl-up on the roads with motorists spending hours at the spot. Despite the occasional traffic policeman, things gets worse as darkness sets in. The expansion of Langata Road will include the construction of an interchange at the Bomas junction ensuring smooth traffic flow between the 3 roads. This interchange will borrow heavily from the design of similar structures on the Nairobi-Thika Highway.

The approach to the interchange from Langata road. Traffic to Magadi road will keep far left and those to Langata will use the underpass ahead.

The approach to the interchange from Langata road. Traffic to Magadi road will keep far left and those to Langata will use the underpass ahead.

The construction of the Bomas Interchange is the remaining section of works. Just like the City Cabanas Fly-over, this interchange has had to encroach into private land forcing the government to compensate the affected persons. Part of Langata Road at the interchange will stray into the property adjacent to the highway. Excavation works on the road running underneath have stopped temporarily pending acquisition of the said section of land.

View of Langata Road from the up-ramp. Traffic is still a headache as construction progresses.

View of Langata Road from the up-ramp. Traffic is still a headache as construction progresses.

The current Bomas junction is a traffic mess and minor vehicle bruises are common.

The current Bomas junction is a traffic mess and minor vehicle bruises are common.

The limits of this image shows the chunk of land that will be taken up by the highway.

The limits of this image shows the chunk of land that will be taken up by the highway.

Drivers at the junction have expressed high optimism saying that once the project is concluded, traffic will be like the Nairobi-Thika Highway, which is Kenya's finest highway to date and has smooth flowing traffic. Public transport vehicles to Ongata Rongai (Magadi Road) make up the considerable volume of traffic at the junction. Langata Road has had its share of traffic jams before the project was conceived last year. Initially the 2 km section under-construction was a single lane resulting is slow moving traffic until past the junction.

View of the lanes that will be for traffic heading to Karen and adjacent areas.

View of the lanes that will be for traffic heading to Karen and adjacent areas.

Supports for the motorbridge. Construction beyond here has temporarily stopped as the contractor awaits land requisition to finalise.

Supports for the motorbridge. Construction beyond here has temporarily stopped as the contractor awaits land requisition to finalise.

The project is under the supervision of Apex Consortium Ltd and Kenya Urban Roads Authority. The adjusted date for completion is 5th October 2013. China Wu Yi Kenya Ltd won the KSh. 2 billion contract and despite the land acquisition issues, work in progressively on time.