15 Nov 2002

PNG road repairs to begin early next year

4:27 pm on 15 November 2002

The Papua New Guinea Transport and Civil Aviation minister says the upgrading and maintenance of roads in PNG will cost an estimated 160-million US dollars.

Don Poyle says the current road conditions show alarming signs of neglect and abuse and have reached such a deplorable state that it is underming the economy as well as becoming a death trap for users.

Mr Poyle says the rehabilitation of the Highlands Highway would be first, costing about 49-million dollars.

He says the Highlands project will start early next year when the Government gives over 1-million dollars in counterpart funding.

Mr Poyle says the transport system provides a solid basis for the economic and social development of a nation.