Work on Lae-Nadzab Highway to start in three months

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WORK on the second phase of the Lae-Nadzab four-lane highway will start in about three months, says Works Department Secretary David Wereh.
Wereh told The National yesterday that the government allocated another K15 million for the construction of the five-kilometre second phase to start from Lae-Bulolo Junction, at 9-Mile, to Yalu Bridge.
The 45km Lae-Nadzab Highway reconstruction started in 2014 and will cost the government about K500 million.
The first phase of the road from Boundary Road to Lae-Bulolo Junction at 9-Mile was completed in 2016 by China Railway International (CRI).
CRI erected street lights, constructed drainage, crossings, road signs, bus stops, and sealed the road.
“The contractor has been awarded a K15 million contract to work on this road,” Wereh said.
“We just have to finalise the scope and design of the project and then work will be underway.
“I expect the work to start in two to three months’ time.
“We want proper design and standards to be followed so we will have to sit down with the contractor and work that out, with the costing.”
Wereh said CRI would undertake the project as it had worked on the first phase and delivered the project.