Impacts of the Nairobi expressway to the Joska – Kamulu Neighbourhood
The Nairobi Expressway is in its advanced stages of construction, with the contractor set to finish works on the 27km stretch of road by December this year. In fact, the unique expressway may already be in use by February 2022, if Cabinet Secretary for Transport, James Macharia’s promise is anything to go by. While the main aim of the project is to ease traffic congestion on Mombasa Road and create a direct route between Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Westlands, residents of the Joska-Kamulu neighbourhood are perfectly positioned to benefit from its presence.
Let’s explore how in detail below:
1. Land Prices Will Appreciate
Arguably, the most immediate impact of the Nairobi Expressway will be on the price of land surrounding it. In the past, land prices have appreciated by as much as 12 times their original value after the completion of major infrastructure projects in close proximity. A good example is property owners along the Thika Superhighway, whose land’s value skyrocketed after construction was finished and the highway became operational. Even by the most conservative measures, it will not be surprising to see their counterparts in Kamulu and Joska reap the same benefits from the expressway.
2. Increased accessibility
With rush hour commuting time between Joska and the Nairobi CBD cut from 2 hours to 20 minutes, Joska and Kamulu will become a lot more accessible because of the expressway. Not only will it be more convenient to commute or transport goods to and from the city, but it will also be cheaper, seeing as the time and financial cost of being in stuck traffic will have been eliminated. This should be welcome news for anyone who owns or is looking to purchase land in the area but was discouraged by the infamous Mombasa Road snarl-ups that made getting to and leaving Joska an unpleasant experience.
3. More Amenities
It is almost inevitable that when transport systems to an area improve, so to do the number and quality of amenities. That is exactly what residents of Kamulu and Joska have to look forward to in the months after the completion of the Nairobi Expressway. They should expect to see a growing number of hospitals, schools, places of worship and commercial centres to serve the needs of the area’s increasing population.
4. Business Opportunities
As the region becomes increasingly accessible and more people start to live and work there, Joska and Kamulu will be rife with business opportunities. For the astute individual, it will be a chance to fill any gaps in the economic framework of the area and potentially earn substantial profits.
In conclusion, the Joska-Kamulu area will have a lot to thank the Nairobi Expressway for when it is finally complete. Not only will land prices appreciate, the region will also become more accessible, which in turn will lead to increased amenities and business opportunities. All these factors, along with the expressway itself, will create more demand for property in the neighbourhood. If you haven’t invested in the area already, the time to do so is now.