, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21 – The week-long traffic gridlock at Taru along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway has been cleared and traffic is now flowing, the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has said.
In a statement, KeNHA Director General Peter Mundinia stated that a raft of measures had been taken to resolve the snarl-up including reducing the length of deviation from 7km to 2km and, “the configuration adapted to prevailing circumstances to accommodate the extremely wet ground conditions in the area.”
Mundinia added that they also improved traffic control by ensuring signs were in place and also guaranteed assistance to vehicles that had broken down which had worsened the situation.
“Members of the public using the road are encouraged to closely observe and comply with the directions of traffic marshals and traffic police, and to avoid overtaking at the section,” he added.
The traffic jam had worsened the past three days following heavy rains which rendered the deviation being used impassable causing a traffic build-up stretching over 50km.
Mombasa county commissioner Nelson Marwa had hit out at KeNHA engineers for poor handling of repairs on the highway resulting in the mess saying they should ensured the road was complete ahead of the rainy season.