Thika Highway Improvement Project

Man walking along roadway

CSUD is working with an interdisciplinary research consortium with the University of Nairobi’s (UoN) Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, the Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA), and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) to systematically research the Thika Road Expansion Project, which is transforming the old dual carriage 45 km Thika roadway into Kenya’s first super highway. Many problems currently plague commuters, residents and business owners along Thika Road, including heavy congestion, dilapidated infrastructure, poor air quality, and high accident and fatality rates. The public largely expects the highway to alleviate these problems along this main artery for satellite towns and economic hubs along and near the corridor. This research aims to deepen knowledge of the highway upgrading, address emerging stakeholders’ concerns, and bring academia, policy makers and the community together to develop more appreciation for the way land use and transportation must be tackled together.

Visit our publications page to see the research reports that have resulted from this project.