PNG’S MADANG ROADS TO RECEIVE UPGRADE

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PNG’S MADANG ROADS TO RECEIVE UPGRADE Provincial government to fund work

By Poreni Umau PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 20, 2011) – The road woes in Madang in Papua New Guinea would soon be given a respectable treatment following revelations yesterday by the Madang provincial works adviser, Hood Kasas for major road works in Madang town and other major road networks in the province.

Mr. Kasas said that the huge craters littering Madang town would soon be upgraded and sealed, especially within the main town centre.

He said almost 500,000 kina [US$185,000], a roll over from the provincial government’s purse from last year’s budget allocation would be used to engage contractors to upgrade and seal the town roads.

He said that major road works would begin from Modilon all the way to the front of Air Niugini office.

He said that upgrading, compaction and sealing work would be done according to highway standard aggregates because the small town aggregates used were peeling away fast due to increase in traffic and heavy machinery.

He also said that work had already begun on the Divine Word University and airport road with grubbing and clearing underway and the construction of the bridge linking Gav Stoa and Kerema Compound was already in progress.

Mr. Kasas also said that attention would be given to the Guam-Josephstaal road between Bogia and Middle Ramu districts.

He said that the almost 30 kilometers road would cost the Madang provincial government 1 million-kina [US$370,000].

All tourist roads would also be sealed with roads identified between, Bilbil and Bahor and Jais Aben-Banglang roads with both sections expected at 800,000 kina [US$296,000] each for the project.

He said that the Talidik inland roads in the Sumkar district would also be upgraded.

Also 2.5 million-kina [US$924,000] allocated from last year’s provincial budget would go towards road works between Banu, Braham and Bundi sections.

Mr. Kasas also said that the Erima-Saidor road would also be upgraded with the provincial government to provide counter funding with commitment done by the National Government and the provincial works department to do scope of work.

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