Technical University Students Lament Closed Footbridge, Say Comrades Risk Lives Crossing Haile Selassie Avenue

  • Students from the Technical University of Kenya have asked the Nairobi Metropolitan Services to speed up repairs on the City Square Post Office footbridge
  • The bridge has been closed for a year to undergo renovations after being destroyed by a trailer carrying an excavator
  • Through their President Peter Mwangangi Mani, the students lamented that they keep risking their lives crossing the busy Haile Selassie Avenue

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It is a year since the City Square Post Office footbridge that students of the Technical University of Kenya (TUK) use to cross the busy Haile Selassie Avenue was closed for renovation.

The City Square Post Office bridge is one of the most iconic structures in Nairobi.
Technical University Students use the footbridge to cross over the busy Haile Selassie Avenue. Photo credits: Charlene Malwa.
Source: UGC

The decision by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) to close it came after it was destroyed by a trailer hauling an excavator, casting doubt on its integrity.

The NMS proposed that they would build a temporary steel structure to offer support to the damaged bridge as plans for a new one got underway.

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That is yet to happen after a year, and TUK students through their President Peter Mwangangi Mani are raising concerns over the issue.

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Technical University students lament

Speaking to TUKO.co.ke‘s Hillary Lisimba, Mwangangi expressed disappointment at the fact that the flyover has been ignored for longer than is acceptable.

According to him, students from the institution and other members of the public continue hopping across the road like wild grasshoppers.

“It is risky for us, and even riskier for motorists during traffic jams. What if the remains of the footbridge fall off? It will be sad for us to wait for an accident to act,” he said.

He added that since the students believe in prevention being better than cure, they are raising their grievances to prevent an accident instead of waiting until it happens.

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Pathway also in bad shape

Away from the footbridge, the student leader also complained about the pathway along the Haile Selassie Avenue which students use to access the institution.

“It is unpleasantly dusty during dry seasons and pathetically muddy during rainy season as it is the case now,” he reiterated.

He urged the NMS as well as the governor Nairobi to take action before the students lose patience and take to the streets.

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Source: Kenya Breaking News Today

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