The National – Friday, February 11, 2011
PRIME Minister Sir Michael Somare is expected to lead a team of ministers to Lae today to witness the completion of the sealing of the Huon Road.
The 1.25km road, which had deteriorated with potholes, took nearly 11 months to repair at a cost of K9.5 million.
According to contractors, Ahi Sieng construction, which is owned by Ahi villages of Kamkumung, Butibam, Yanga, Wagang, Hengali and Yalu, the completion of the stretch of road was on time as per their contract.
Speaking on behalf of the company yesterday, Gareth Kising said the road upgrading was an initiative of the National Alliance-led government and was only fitting that Sir Michael was given the honour of launching the road reopening.
Kising said the volume of traffic using Lae roads would increase in the next few years due to the influx of business and the roads needed to be upgraded to accommodate this.
The official ceremony would be held at the Forest Research Institute.
Ahi Sieng last year constructed the Butibam to Unitech road which was now enjoyed by Lae motorists and road travellers.
The chief secretary and the secretaries for the departments of Works and Finance are also expected to attend.
Morobe Governor, Luther Wenge and most other Morobe MPs will also be attending along with senior Lae dignitaries and Ahi clan leaders.