National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop said the four major roads would expand Port Moresby to its boundaries as it looked forward to hosting the 2018 APEC leaders’ summit.
“It will bring about the physical transformation of the city,” Parkop said. He said the road projects would “lift Port Moresby, inspire the people, (allow it to) become a real capital in the Pacific which we all should be proud of”.
The K400m contracts were awarded to:
Global Construction (K119.5m) to build a three-kilometre, four-lane road, and a nine-kilometre, two-lane road from the Taurama by-pass to the Magi Highway;
Hebou Construction (K160.2m) to build a 14km, four-lane road from 6-Mile to Bautama on the Magi Highway;
China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (K80.2m) to construct a 4.7km, four-lane road to connect Tokarara to the Hanuabada by-pass or Koura Way; and,
Phoenix Builders Ltd was awarded K37.2m to construct a five-km, two-lane road from Gerehu to Parliament House or Magani Crescent.
Niugini Builders has also been given K16.1m to re-build a 150-bed men’s dormitory at the University of PNG to replace the razed Lasitewa dormitory.
Parkop said it was a continuation of investment in the capital city from the Government and NCDC.
“We cannot wait to build these infrastructures later because construction costs increase every year – with inflation and Consumer Price Index adjustments.”
He said the NCDC was yet to find funding to complete roads from 9-Mile to Laloki to complement the widening by the Works Department of Laloki Bridge to four lanes, 9-Mile to 17-Mile and 9-Mile to Bootless Bay.
“We’ve tendered these projects but awaiting funding. This will see the completion of our Master Plan 2010-2020,” he said.