National Road Network Strategy 2018-2037 Endorsed
The National Road Network Strategy 2018-2037 by the Department of Works was launched yesterday by Prime Minister James Marape.
Accompanying the PM was Minister for Planning Sam Basil, Finance Minister Charles Abel and Minister responsible for this strategy, Works Minister Michael Nali.
This national road network strategy is a clear plan to meet the challenges of providing an appropriate level of service in a tight fiscal environment.
According to the Minister of Works Michael Nali, this strategy is a blueprint for the business of managing roads and bridges.
The strategy also contains the principles of maintaining and improving PNG’s national road network over the next 20 years.
Prime Minister Marape while giving his keynote address said he will not change anything in the strategy and endorsed it and assured the government is in total support of it.
Department of Works Secretary David Wereh in his address to the Prime Minister said; “We believe that when our roads are up and running one of the key things is when we connect the links that we have and for the first time with a national network, we believe that we can build a national unity.
“We are also taking some important steps to realise the plan that we have developed as we are talking Asian Development Bank (ADB) has already approved US $1billlion towards the investment programs that is running 430km of the highlands highway.
“We are also running some major bridge replacement programs on the Madang and Sepik coastal area. As we are talking we are partnering with Oil Search to open up the link of the Gulf and Southern Highlands highway,” he added.
Mr Wereh said there are a number of feasibility studies already taking place and the important thing is that the department’s programs are lined and they are confident that they are already starting the National Road Strategy.
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