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KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon/Marianas Variety, Mar. 13) - A team of Japanese engineers who will conduct road condition survey here in Palau will arrive this month, according to President Tommy Remengesau.

The survey is the first step toward Japan’s providing Palau with a grant to rehabilitate local roads.

Remengesau said the survey team will inspect nationals roads from Palau International Airport to Malakal.

He said since the roads are about 30 years old and due to the mounting traffic congestion and increase in tourist population, it is now necessary that the roads are improved.

The requested grant will finance the intersection widening in downtown Koror, including the upgrading of traffic signals, the construction of sidewalks and the illumination of roadways.

The grant, once approved, will also finance the improvements and widening of the causeways, the construction of sidewalks and the installation of place rails and traffic barriers to prevent vehicles from going into the waters.

The grant would likewise cover the removal of existing asphalt and repaving of the road from Ice Box sewer plant to Airai airport, including the intersection near Palau Pacific Resort and the Palau Visitors Authority office.

March 13, 2003

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