Nairobi, 21st January, 2024
When Governor Sakaja Johnson assumed office in August 2022, he initiated talks with the Ministry of Roads and KeNHa to construct an exit of the Expressway into the Central Business District (CBD) which was omitted during the initial construction.
Said Governor Sakaja at the time, “I felt the Expressway was not serving the people of Nairobi adequately, especially those accessing the CBD from JKIA. City residents had decried the lack of an exit or entry point to the fast lanes from the Nairobi CBD, saying it was limiting them from using the road.”
Governor Sakaja held meetings including one in March 2023 with the Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ministry of Transport to request the Ministry to consider introducing the Haile Selassie exit Nairobi County availed space at the Green park Bus Terminal to allow the landing of the exit ramp into the CBD. Nairobi City County Government (NCCG) further allowed the use of the slip road that was constructed as an exit of the terminus into the Uhuru highway to be shared by the traffic exiting the Expressway into the CBD.
Said Governor Sakaja, “I am happy that the part of the expressway leading into the City Centre has been completed and is now open for use by motorists. I know it will reduce traffic and speed up vehicles between Capital and Haile Selassie Roundabout and also offer quick access to Nairobi CBD, Upper Hill, and Ngong Road. The Nairobi Expressway not only reduces travel time between the east and west side of Nairobi from two hours to just about 20 minutes, but it also significantly reduces logistics and commuting costs”
The Haile Selassie Exit is at Green park with five toll lanes as well as a service Centre.