PNG Capital To Undergo Massive Road Developments

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City official hopes projects will be done before 2015 Pacific Games

By Malum Nalu

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Dec. 2, 2013) – Papua New Guinea’s capital of Port Moresby has embarked on a massive roads development which will cost up to K800 million [US$305.9 million], according to city manager Leslie Alu.

It includes:

Work is progressing at the Gordon industrial centre, Erima to Nine-Mile, Six-Mile to Jackson Airport and the Paga Ring Road.

Alu said the environmental permit received from the Department of Environment and Conservation last Friday would fast track the loan approval from the Exim Bank of China for the four-lane arterial road from Poreporena Freeway to Nine-Mile.

The construction of the flyover from Kookaburra Street to Erima will start next month.

"We haven’t found out whether the Exim Bank has approved the loan," Alu said.

"As soon as they receive the environmental permit, the process will continue. It’s one of the conditions for approving the loan."

Alu said contractor Hawkins already had the plan for the Kookaburra Street to Erima flyover.

"Hawkins has already started on Kookaburra Street," he said.

"They’ve just completed geo-technical studies. They’ve already got preliminary drawings of what it should look like."

Alu is keeping his fingers crossed that these two projects will be ready in time for the 2015 Pacific Games.

"The only concern us the Kookaburra road, but I think it will be done in time for the Games."

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