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Motorists’ anguish at Nairobi marathon

City marathon put motorists’ mastery of Nairobi roads to test as major exit and entrance roads to the Central Business District were closed for most parts of Sunday morning.

Traffic snarl up, uncommon on Sunday morning, gripped the city as the eleventh edition of the Standard Chartered marathon took place.

Ten sections of major roads were closed, prompting motorists to use alternative routes to and out of the CBD.

The most impact of the closure was felt by motorists using Waiyaki way to town, with the road closed near Museum Hill.

Motorists diverted to Kipande Road causing massive traffic stretching from the Museum Hill  to the Ngara junction.

Motorist broke traffic rules as they made U-turns trying to avoid the long traffic despite of the dotted presence of security officers.

Public service vehicles seemed ignorant of the alternative routes.

“It is a small price compared to the benefits of the marathon, so it is ok. Moreover most people have no official duties on Sunday and can afford to stay long on the road,” said Peter Kirwa, who had spent an hour from Race Course to town centre.

At Uhuru Highway,  the section between Bunyala roundabout to Lusaka roundabout was closed from 11 pm on Saturday night to 2 pm on Sunday.

The section between Bunyala roundabout to University Way roundabout was also closed from 4 am to 11 am.

Other affected roads included sections of Aerodrome road, Mombasa road, Langata road, Haile Selassie Avenue, Kenyatta Avenue, and Harambee Avenue.