Bulolo motorway needs maintenance to support local businesses

The Bulolo highway, which is much talked about in the province of Morobe, is of major concern due to its deterioration.

The Farmers and Settlers Association, speaking on behalf of various leading industry associations, is concerned about the deplorable condition of the Bulolo Highway which provides vital links to large corporations that keep PNG’s economy moving forward.

President Wilson Thompson has said users of the Bulolo Freeway from 9-Mile branch off to the various electorates and connections with neighboring provinces is a haven for business, and have now expressed concerns about the condition of the highway and its poor maintenance.

He said: “We call on Prime Minister James Marape and Minister of Public Works Michael Nali to execute the contract for the Bulolo motorway – a road with major economic impact and to speed up the feasibility and construction of the Transisland motorway as it is a critical road to open up the hinterland and the forgotten peoples of these remote communities.

“This road provides access to alluvial and small-scale mining, as well as Hidden Valley and Wafi Golpu Mining; timber, prefabricated buildings, eggs, chicken, coffee, cocoa and vegetables which generate many fiscal and employment opportunities for the country.

Although there is funding of KK 66 million supported by the Australian government, Prime Minister James Marape recently told Parliament that the government intends to commit an additional KK 50 million to make the rehabilitation worthwhile. sadness.

“The Australian government has committed K 66 million for the full maintenance of the Bulolo Highway from Markham Bridge to Wau as part of the Transport Sector Support Program (TSSP) launched by Prime Minister James Marape in June 2021 in Bulolo.

“We understand that the bids and tendering for the maintenance contract have been completed for execution.
“In June of this year, Australian Minister for International Development Zed Seselja launched the feasibility study and construction of the missing link of the Trans-Island Highway from Menyamya to Kaintiba to Murua-Epo to the Hiritano Highway to Kerema.

Mr Thompson said he congratulated the Prime Minister on injecting an additional 50 million kroner and called for this money to be turned over to the Public Works Department to undertake urgent maintenance work before the successful bidder starts on the component funded by Australia.

“With the rainy season starting from December to February, we are asking that the 50 million K be invested in filling sand and baskets of gabions on the banks of the rivers in Mare, Samsam and Pine Top, cleaning the culverts. and drainage control as well as full gravel from Gurakor to the Zenag station section and urgent border patrol from Watut to Menyamya.

“As we thank the Australian government and the people for the funding since 2019, the people of the five districts of Morobe, Gulf and EHP are asking and mourning and looking for at least a fully leveled road and not a paved road that is supposed to help them. , but to date the state of the roads has not improved the situation at all, ”he said.