Motorists want road closed over huge cracks on bridge

The government has been called upon to immediately shut down the Nakuru-Njoro highway turnoff bridge and stop motorists from using the busy interchange after huge cracks become visible on a section of the road.

Motorists plying the road led by Nakuru politician Erick Ogada now want the Kenya national highways’ authority (KeNHA) to close the bridge to avert a looming disaster.

He noted that with the number of vehicles plying the route daily, something bad might happen should KeNHA fail to take instant action.

“The cracks are huge and the government must act with immediate effect or else we might just be staring at another disaster,” he said.

Ogada called on motorists along the highway to be extra careful while driving at the section where cracks have been reported.

The Njoro turnoff interchange is among the three interchanges constructed by KeNHA along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway at a cost of KES 2.6 billion.

Others were the Nyahururu turnoff overpass and the Mau summit junction overpass bridge.

The World Bank funded Njoro turnoff interchange has been in use for barely a year since its completion.

The construction was undertaken by the China Railway Engineering Group Company Ltd.