Proper bridge for Bialla needed

Works Secretary David Wereh says his department will push for donor funding to construct a proper bridge at Ivule in Bialla, West New Britain Province.

The Ivule Bridge has always been Mother Nature’s target during prolonged wet seasons, causing problems for commuters travelling to and from the New Britain Highway.

Wereh said currently there is an ongoing program to replace 14 bridges under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Asian Development Bank.

He said the Ivule Bridge is a critical bridge but has always been a problem.

“Our future plan is to talk to donors to extend the program where they can take these additional bridges in the existing program,” stated Wereh.

“So we upgrade it as well, as part of the ongoing program. In future, we can find a long term solution.”

12 bridges nationwide are currently under ADB funding while 2 are under JICA.

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Charmaine Poriambep