Buka Ring Road Development

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Phase three of the Buka Ring Road upgrade and sealing will continue once documentation for tenders are finalised.

The Autonomous Bougainville Government’s Technical Services Department has confirmed the remaining 35 kilometers will end at the northern tip of Buka Island.

The project to cost around K90 million will proceed, once funds are released from the National Government.

Technical Services Department Secretary, Bernard Tzilu, says that the final phase is part of the Buka Road High Impact Project, which is over 124 kilometers, and will begin at Ketskets in the Halia Constituency to Kessa in the Haku Constituency.

“The Buka Ring Road High Impact Project is funded under the Special Intervention Funds (SIF). The funding allocation must be released so that we can proceed,” said Tzilu.

Phase one is a 20 kilometers road that covers Malasang, in the Tsitalato Constituency, to Malis, in the Hagogohe Constituency.

Buka Provincial Works Manager, David Tupp, in the recent site visit told EMTV News that Jomik Earth Moving Limited is the contractor and has delivered this project at the cost of K36 million.

“We are towards the final end of the project once complete then we will look towards its opening,” he said.

Ten kilometers is the second phase covers Salasa in the Hagogohe Constituency to Hagus in the Halia Constituency at a tune of close to K22 million.

And contractor, Raibro Construction Limited, so far has done a great work, improving the drainage system.

“We have improved the design including the drainage system to enable this road to last longer,” Tupp said.

Footpaths for schools have also been incorporated in the Buka Ring Road upgrade and sealing.

Meanwhile, Mr Tupp says awareness will be conducted to the communities to take responsibility because the road project will drive the economic activities, by improving travelling time.

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