A traffic snarl up along the Nairobi – Naivasha highway has left motorists stranded since Friday evening.
The gridlock, stretching for kilometres by this morning, has been worsened by some drivers overlapping, and the wet conditions following a downpour.
Kenya National Highways Authority says the gridlock was caused by an accident near the rail-over-road bridge between Gilgil turn-off and the weigh bridge.
“Further to our earlier advisory, motorists planning to travel between Nairobi and Nakuru are advised to use Flyover-Njabini-Olkalou-Lanet or Naivasha-Olkalou Lanet routes,” KENHA said in a tweet today.
Some passengers chose to alight from public service vehicles and walk to their destinations to avoid the congestion.
“Police are currently on site and working on the situation to restore normalcy,” KENHA announced in a statement on Friday night. “Motorists are advised to exercise lane discipline and avoid overlapping as they approach this section in-order to avoid further congestion.” KENHA added.
By 9am this morning, the situation was yet to improve, with KENHA advising motorists intending to use to seek alternative routes.
“Trucks are advised to delay their travels until the situation eases at Gilgil. Every effort is being made to enable traffic to start flowing,” KENHA added.
Motorists have urged the National Police Service to resolve the issue whose cause has not been known.