Impetus to road infrastructure in PNG


<p style="text-align: justify;">A US$ 90 million loan to the government of Papua New Guinea will be used to rehabilitate 20-30 narrow, modular bridges on five national roads or replace them with permanent two-lane bridges. <!--more-->The assistance comes from the Manila headquartered Asian Development Bank.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Some of the bridges due for replacement will be reassembled on rural roads to connect rural communities to urban centres. “Replacing temporary steel bridges with wider, permanent bridges will help people and goods move from place to place much faster and at a lower cost with fewer worries about poor weather conditions,” the bank’s Hasan Masood said.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">PNG’s population largely lives in rural areas and the island nation’s rugged geography and scattered settlements mean the road network on the mainland is not fully connected. The government has recognized lack of transport infrastructure as a major obstacle to PNG’s economic and social development.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The project will also finance road safety campaigns in rural areas along the five priority roads. The project is the first phase of a more comprehensive bridge replacement programme in the Central Province as also the provinces of Madang, East Sepik, West New Britain, and East New Britain.</p>
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