Govt working on long-term solution to address road issues

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WORKS Secretary David Wereh says the Government is working on a long-term solution to address problematic sections of the Highlands Highway.
He said the Works Department was working in close consultation with Treasury and Finance to seek foreign investment of K500 to K600 million to fully upgrade these sections of the highway.
Wereh said this yesterday following the partial closure of the Guo section in Chimbu to allow contractor Kaiaworks Ltd to carry out urgent restoration work following heavy rain and mudflows that cut off the highway on Monday.
He said only four-wheel drive and light vehicles were allowed access while heavy trucks were barred from using the road until full access was restored.
“A full-time contractor, Kaiaworks, is on site to carry out urgent restoration work but the wet and muddy conditions are making it very difficult to stabilise the road,” Wereh told The National.
He said the Guo section in Chimbu was the most problematic section of the highway.
“We need a long-term solution to completely address these sections of the highway,” Wereh said.
“Works Department is working in close consultation with Treasury and Finance to seek a foreign investor who is prepared to spend K500 to K600 million on this project.”

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