The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) on Wednesday gave an explanation on why it had installed temporary bumps on the Southern Bypass following uproar from Kenyans who complained that the additions had lead to several accidents.
In a statement on Wednesday, the agency explained that the bumps were installed to control the speed of motorists owing to ongoing renovations on the road.
KeNHA noted that many motorists have developed a tendency to speed on the highway, which the agency pointed out was ruining renovations being done on the road.
According to KeNHA, various road signs have been put up on the road to guide motorists.
Accident scene along Southern Bypass (left) and Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen.
“High speeds, through fresh sections of chippings, would lead to loss of chippings thereby compromising the quality of the finished section. Besides, any attempt to brake a vehicle at high speeds would lead to skidding.
“The ongoing maintenance works along the Southern Bypass include surface dressing of the road, which is critical in sealing cracks that emerge as bitumen ages,” read the statement in part.
On the other hand, the agency noted that a speed camera has also been installed on the road to monitor motorists who contravene speed guidelines.
KeNHA issued the statement after Kenyans questioned the installation of a speed bump, which they said contributed to a number of accidents on Wednesday morning.
As per KeNHA records, the early morning accidents were fatal with an unknown number of Kenyans losing their lives.
Preliminary reports, which are yet to be confirmed indicate that three people died in the accidents.
“The agency regrets to report the occurrence of accidents, including this morning, at Nairobi Southern Bypass. Fatalities have been reported.
“The Authority wishes to convey sincere condolences to the bereaved families and promises to walk with them during this difficult period of mourning their beloved ones as we wish those injured quick recovery,” read the statement in part.
A photo of a section of Southern Bypass under renovations.