KeNHA closes Nairobi-Garissa (A3) Road due to flooding at Arer

The Kenya National Highways Authority has announced the closure of the Nairobi – Garissa (A3) Road.

The authority closed the road due to flooding at Arer Area, between Bangaley and Madogo.

KeNHA said the flooding is a result of the ongoing heavy rains which occurred Monday night.

The rainfall resulted in the rising water levels along the entire stretch.

According to the Authority, the flooding at Arer has compromised the road and diversion that was previously in use.

“This poses a high safety risk to the road users. This road, therefore, shall remain closed until the flood waters subside and the damaged section is reinstated,” KeNHA said.

The Authority said its staff are on site ready to deal with the washout immediately after the water subsides.

KeNHA urged users to be cautious and avoid driving in the floodwater for their safety.

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) issued a warning to road users concerning the potentially hazardous conditions brought about by heavy rains across the country.

In a statement released on Saturday, NTSA Director General George Njao emphasised the need for increased caution, urging the public to be extra-vigilant, courteous, and mindful of safety measures.

He highlighted the importance of looking out for vulnerable road users such as children and pedestrians.

NTSA also cautioned motorists about the accumulation of dirt, soil, and oil deposits on roads due to increased rainfall following a period of dry weather.

“With increased rainfall, the Authority cautions road users that after the recent dry weather there is an accumulation of dirt, soil, and oil deposits,” read the statement.

The authority also advised drivers to reduce speed to navigate these slippery surfaces effectively, minimising the risk of losing control.

Furthermore, NTSA expressed concern over incidents of motorists driving through floodwaters and flooded roads.

They urged drivers to avoid such situations and called on passengers to take responsibility for their safety by speaking out against unsafe driving practices.

Among the precautionary measures recommended by the NTSA are the prompt removal of stalled vehicles, maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles, and ensuring headlights are turned on for better visibility.

The authority also advised drivers to drive slowly after going through water to allow brakes to dry and to keep both hands on the steering wheel for full control.

Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists were advised to wear bright clothing or reflector vests to enhance their visibility on the roads.

Source: The Star

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