An aerial view of the Outer Ring road from the Donholm flyover. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITUAn aerial view of the Outer Ring road from the Donholm flyover. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
By FRANCIS NDERITU

The 13km Outer Ring superhighway is nearing completion with the contractor making final touches and tarmacking of the service lanes, placing of guard rails and walkways.

The road, which is being built at a whooping cost of Sh8 billion, is in use with most lanes now open to traffic.

An aerial view of the Outer Ring road from the Donholm flyover. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

An aerial view of the Outer Ring road from the Donholm flyover. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

The splendour of the road is visible but what remains a challenge is the drainage as some are slowly being clogged up with garbage, grass and weed. There are also damaged walkways due to misuse by vehicles, which if left unchecked will pose a drainage nightmare on the road.

Clogged Nairobi River flows underneath Dandora flyover on the Outer Ring road. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

Clogged Nairobi River flows underneath Dandora flyover on the Outer Ring road. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

With few spaces left on the long stretch of road for bus stops or pick up points, most matatus plying different routes along the entire highway are forced to make room along the road on the service lanes affecting traffic flow and movement of people.

Hawkers trading their wares on a flyover along the Outer Ring Road. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

Hawkers trading their wares on a flyover along the Outer Ring Road. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

Hawkers have also made themselves comfortable along the highway as most have set up temporary structures to sell their wares along the service lanes, next to illegal drop off points and even along walkways.

Hawkers trading their wares on the walkways of the Outer Ring Road. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

Hawkers trading their wares on the walkways of the Outer Ring Road. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

There is also a teething problem of accessing the road from Thika Superhighway especially during rush hours as four lanes merge into two at the GSU bridge.

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