In mid-October 2019, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the Nairobi Expressway. The expressway is a 27 Km four lane dual carriage way, which runs along the median strips of Mombasa Road (starting at Mlolongo), Uhuru Highway and Waiyaki Way, (terminating at James Gichuru Road). It is to be tolled and will have ten interchanges.
The KShs. 62 Billion development is to be undertaken as a Public Private Partnership with the China Road and Bridge Construction Corporation (Kenya) (CRBC) on a build-operate-transfer model. That is, the concessionaire, CRBC, will finance, build and operate the tolled road for 30 years during which it will recover its costs (with interest) before transferring its operation to the Kenyan National Highways Authority (KeNHA).
The project faced opposition due to reports that it would hive off some 23 meters of Uhuru Park, which KeNHA considers part of the road reserve for Uhuru Highway. Despite these assurances, the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Study Report (ESIA Study) still suggests that there will be significant impacts on Uhuru Park and other ecologically sensitive areas around the Thika Interchange, Chiromo, Nyayo Stadium and the Railways Golf Club.