An aerial view of heavy traffic jam along Outer Ring Road in Nairobi. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTEAn aerial view of heavy traffic jam along Outer Ring Road in Nairobi. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE
By HILARY KIMUYU, @hilarykimuyu

Commuters in Eastlands area of Nairobi were on Friday morning caught in heavy traffic along Outer Ring Road which is currently under construction.

The heavy traffic was caused by the closure of one major road to enable the contractor finish a section of the road.

The diversion between Mumias Road and Outer Ring Road which leads to Buru Buru all the way to Jogoo Road was closed without any notice to the users.

Most public transport vehicles from Kariobangi and Dandora use Mumias Road to pick and drop passengers, but on Friday they were diverted to Sonko Road near Mutindwa market in Umoja.

The diversion caused a major gridlock after some of the public transport from the affected estates opted for Kangundo Road in an effort to avoid the traffic jam but ended up worsening the situation.

Commuters who use Manyanja Road were also caught up in the gridlock which led to the public transport vehicles doubling fares.