By Stanley Ove Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby
The collapsed Daunda Bridge connecting Vanimo to the Indonesian border has been rebuilt. The once, log bridge, has been replaced with a high permanent bridge, built at a cost of K350 000
The Sandaun Works Department has been working tirelessly to restore normalcy to travellers, locals and business houses.
Sandaun Provincial Works Manager, Henry Rakuasi, said the rebuilding of the bridge was delayed after landowner issues disrupted their flow of work. He announced the bridge should be “100 per cent completed” this week after proper sealing of the road is done.
The bridge reconstruction was part of the works department’s restoration funds after the flooding that destroyed major road infrastructure in some parts of the country last month, including West New Britain, that suffered the worst damage.
The bridge connects all villages along the west coast of Vanimo; and is part of the international highway to Indonesia.
Locals are now calling on the national and provincial government to erect more permanent bridges like this along the highway.