Governor looking at options to ease traffic congestion

The constructed road on Waigani Drive in the Moresby North-West area in Port Moresby still under construction. – Nationalpic by KENNEDY BANI

NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop has issued directions for contractors working on the Waigani Drive road in Moresby North-West to fast track construction to ease traffic congestions.
He said the delay could be a result of poor planning from the National Capital District Commission (NCDC) when they initiated the K9.9 million construction project.
“The construction has caused a lot of inconvenience which could be the fault of the management that have not prepared well in terms of traffic management alternatives,” he said.
Parkop said they had discussed the issue and would introduce temporary routes for vehicles to use.
He said the routes would start from Tokarara to Ensisi Valley and to Nautana in the Moresby North-West area.
“The management has been looking at this route if we could do a temporary cross-over to assist with traffic issues,” he said.
Parkop said they had also been planning to build a roundabout along the Somare Circuit to Pitpit Street to help ease traffic congestion.
He said the Waigani Drive road needed to be fixed due to its weak base.
“The road base always collapses due to the drainage not being constructed properly which contractors have been working on fixing it,” he said.
Parkop said they would reseal the part of the road to the National Research Institute and Rainbow roads.