, NAIROBI, Kenya, November 25- Transport across the city will on Sunday be affected during the Standard Chartered marathon.
The move to close all routes being used from morning to 1pm, Nairobi Police boss Japheth Koome, says it is meant to ensure marathoners are safe.
“We are going to have both ground and air coverage but the residents of the city will be affected because a number of roads will be closed,” he said.
The full marathon will start on the Haile Selassie Road outside the Railway Club with the athletes taking the Haile Selassie roundabout then head to Museum Hill all the way to the University Way roundabout.
The athletes will then take on the Mombasa Road loop twice to Lusaka roundabout and back to Lusaka before heading to Bunyala roundabout then run all the way to the finish line that is at the Nairobi Railway Club.
Over 20,000 participants are expected to pound the tarmac around Kenya’s capital for top honours in the 42km, 21km, 10km, 5km family run, and the 3km CEO challenge.
Several roads within the Central Business District will be closed to allow participants easy movement along the course.
Traffic to and out of the city will be mainly diverted to alternative roads as the roads along the designated marathon route will remain closed between 4am and 1pm.
One lane along Uhuru Highway will be closed while traffic between Railways Club and Railways Golf Club will be diverted to processional way through Uhuru Park.
Traffic from the City Centre to Westlands, Kileleshwa, Muthaiga, Kiambu and Thika will also be affected.
Motorists heading to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Machakos and Mombasa from City centre will be diverted to Landhies Road, Jogoo road, and connect to Mombasa road via Outering road.
Those heading to Karen from City Centre will also have to go round Kipande and Ojijo roads, Waiyaki Way and James Gichuru Road.
The Kenya Urban Roads Authority will also close the City Mortuary roundabout from valley Road from Friday due to the ongoing phase 1 upgrading of Ngong Road to a dual carriageway.
Motorist wishing to access Daystar University and Nairobi Hospital through the upper gate will however not be affected.