11 mile bridge

Works Department assures Lae commuters

“Emergency bridge to restore temporary access is 85 percent complete. Should be open by this afternoon then work on the permanent (bridge will start),” Wereh told Loop PNG.   

However, Wereh did not give the cost of the emergency and permanent bridges to be built at 11-Mile outside of Lae City, following the previous one being washed away yesterday morning.    

Flood removed the culvert in the road, resulting in vehicles being stranded on either side of the Highway which connects Lae City to Nadzab Airport, Madang and the populous Highlands Region.

Heavy rain washes away bridge in Lae

The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry Secretariat in an email to its members advised them to take precaution if travelling to Lae.   

“For anyone planning to travel to or from Lae today please note the road has washed out at 11 Mile and access to and from Nadzab (Airport) is cut off.”

The road also links the Highlands Highway to Lae city.

Picture source: POMICC Secretariat.