New Chinese-built Koura Way road construction on target in PNG

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NCD Governor Powes Parkop inspects Koura Way construction progress. Image: EMTV News

By Delly Waigeno in Port Moresby

Another major road construction in Port Moresby, the Koura Way, is expected to be completed in September.

It is being built by the China Harbour Engineering Company at a cost of more than K80 million (NZ$35 million) funded under a BSP Group loan.

National Capital District (NCD) Governor Powes Parkop — who is a decisive early leader in the counting for his electorate in PNG’s 2017 general election — said the aim of the major road projects around Port Moresby was to ease traffic congestion and to promote a spread of businesses on the edge of the city.

Governor Parkop visited the construction site today to see that work progress has reached 60 percent complete.

He said the project was on schedule for the completion date of October 21.

The 4.5km four-lane road links Waigani Drive to the Hanuabada bypass. Initially, the road was supposed to connect Waigani Drive to the Badihagwa High School, but plans had changed.

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About 250 energy saving lights will be installed to power up the road.

Other services
Parkop said the project had also provided a way for other services like water, sewerage, electricity and telecommunication services to be added to the area.

He said the project had generated about 400,000 cbm of fill materials — almost all of this being used for the Ela Beach redevelopment.

He said there were plans for another road to link Koura Way to Sir William Skate Highway to link at the Baruni Bypass.

If that materialises, them the second phase of Ela Beach would be completed.

Delly Waigeno is a senior journalist with six years of experience in the television industry. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature and English communication with a minor in journalism from the University of Papua New Guinea. In 2012, she was awarded a Business Reporter of the Year commendation by the Media Council of Papua New Guinea.

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