Nairobi Northern Bypass Highway

Nairobi Northern Bypass Highway, is a road in Kenya, the largest economy in the East African Community. It connects the neighborhood of Ruaka to the neighborhood of Ruiru, both in KIAMBU County.[1]

Kenyan road

Nairobi Northern Bypass Highway
Route information
Length 13 mi (21 km)
History Designated in 2009
Completion in 2014
Major junctions
Southwest end Ruaka
Northeast end Round About Eastern Bypass
Highway system
Roads in Kenya

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This road starts in the neighborhood called Ruaka, approximately 16 kilometres (10 mi), north-west of the central business district of Nairobi, the capital and largest city of Kenya.[2] From there, the road travels in a general easterly direction through Runda. It briefly crosses into Kiambu County, passes underneath Kiambu Road, re-enters Nairobi County and continues to a neighborhood called Marurui. At Marurui, the road takes a north-easterly direction, crosses Kamiti Road, then passes through Kahawa and re-enters Kiambu County, to end at the Nairobi Eastern Bypass Highway in Ruiru.[3] The highway measures approximately 21 kilometres (13 mi), from end to end. [4]

This road is one of the four bypass highways built to direct motorized traffic away from the central business district of the city of Nairobi, to alleviate the perennial traffic jams on the city streets. The bypass highways include (a) Nairobi Western Bypass Highway (b) Nairobi Eastern Bypass Highway (c) Nairobi Southern Bypass Highway and (d) Nairobi Northern Bypass Highway. It is one of these four bypass roads that form a 96.7 kilometres (60 mi) ring-road around the city.[5]

The highway was constructed between 2009,[6] and 2014,[7] as a two-lane, single carriageway road. The work was performed by China Road and Bridge Corporation. Work on this road together with the 32 kilometres (20 mi) Nairobi Eastern Bypass Highway, was budgeted at KSh8.5 billion (US$85 million). The funding for both these roads was as illustrated in the table below.[1]

Initial Construction Costs for Nairobi Northern and Eastern Bypass Highways
Rank Name of Development Partner Funding in US$ Percentage Notes
1 Exim Bank of China
85.0 Loan
2 Government of Kenya
15.0 Equity
100.0 Total length 33 miles (53 km)

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