Several Nairobi roads will be closed on Sunday, May 8, as Kenya hosts the Nairobi City Marathon.
In an alert shared by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), city residents were notified that Uhuru Highway and Mombasa Road will be affected by the closure.
Other roads which will be closed include Haile Selassie Avenue, Moi Avenue, City Hall Way, Taifa Road, Parliament Road, Mama Ngina Street, and Kimathi Street.
KeNHA also announced that Kenyatta Avenue, Koinange Street, Monrovia Street, Muindi Mbingu Street, University Way, Simba Street, Globe Roundabout, Kipande Road, Museum Hill Road, Bunyala Road and Masaba Road will also be closed during the marathon hours.
The intersection of Mombasa Road towards Likoni Road will be closed between midnight and 10am.
One carriageway on Lang’ata Road, Moi Avenue and Bunyala Road will also be closed. A section of Lang’ata Road - on the Nyayo Stadium side will also be affected.
The section of Lang’ata Road will be closed until 6am on Sunday. Uhuru Highway will be closed between midnight and 2pm while Douglas Wakiihuri Road will not be used from midnight today and Sunday until 5pm.
“Motorists are advised to avoid the closed sections of the roads and follow available alternative roads as will be directed by traffic police officers on the ground,” KeNHA stated.
“The marathon route runs through various roads including the Nairobi Expressway."
Sports Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohammed, described the marathon as a perfect tribute to President Uhuru Kenyatta for his immense contribution to the sports industry and his infrastructural development legacy.
“This will be an international marathon that will be held on a legacy project of his excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta. It is a perfect tribute to his infrastructural development legacy and contribution to sports.
"The Nairobi City marathon will be held for the next 10 years and we hope it will continue to commemorate the tremendous milestones achieved by the president in his tenure,” CS Amina stated.