After being in a deplorable state for some time now, the government has announced that a number of Hinterland road projects will be completed by year-end.
Ministry of Public Infrastructure’s Senior Hinterland Officer, Jeffrey Walcott made this disclosure at the National Toshaos Council (NTC) conference last week. According to the Department of Public Information, Walcott said that despite the inclement weather many hinterland road projects are well underway. He reiterated that this is part of the administration’s continued efforts to bridge the gap between the Hinterland and coastal communities.
The MPI’s Senior Hinterland Officer explained that construction will be undertaken from Port Kaituma Airstrip to Fitzburg housing scheme; Mabaruma airstrip and Kumaka Wharf Road will be completed in concrete and roads in Lethem will be transformed to asphalt roads by year-end, the DPI reported.
According to DPI, the official also explained that maintenance works will be undertaken on roads from Rockstone to Kurulupari and Ituni to Kwakwani.
Walcott pointed out that the Ministry will not only be grading the roads, but will be utilising either concrete or asphaltic mixes in the process. “Once these roads are done you wouldn’t have to require any maintenance for another 25 years,” he revealed. This means the communities will be able to focus on developing other areas.
The Ministry of Public Infrastructure has allocated G$2.3B this year for the development of Hinterland roads.
The Government has also announced that in 2018, works will be undertaken on the Matthews Ridge to Baramita , Wanania to Yarakita, Karasabai to Monkey Mountain, Lethem to Aishalton, and Wisrock to Rockstone Roads, among others.