The National, Thursday October 24th, 2013
WHILE a war of words rages between the Tutumang (Morobe provincial assembly) and Waigani, certain sections of Lae roads are showing value for money.
The Markham Road, from the old cemetery past Angau Hospital, to the roundabout at Independence Park, features a smooth concrete surface that is a significant facelift for the city.
The roundabout at China Town is in solid concrete slabs and continues on to Sand Piper Road, right up to 8th Street at Top Town.
The same smooth concrete surface roads are evident on many of the inter-connecting streets all over town, affording motorists comfort and luxury.
The busy Central Avenue and Coronation Drive in town include smooth concrete surfaces that continue onto Huon Road, all the way to the roundabout at the Eriku intersection.
With the exception of other notably delayed roadworks, these roads constitute the bulk of the first 20km of upgraded roads under the first tranche of the Lae city roads rehabilitation programme.
JV Papua New Guinea Investment Constructions Ltd General manager Graham Hayes said they were planning to move today to the next section on Coronation Drive, downhill Top Town.
Hayes said the section would be closed to traffic during the reconstruction period but there would be access to the wharf, hospital and the market through Huon Road.
“We hope to have the concrete completed and the road reopened by Nov 15 or 16.”