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January 16, 2021

Lae Community Fear Traffic Detour Dangers

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A village community in the heart of Lae City has raised concerns about the increase in vehicles using a road running through the area.

Butibum villagers have demanded for the Lae City council to minimize the discomforts of dust pollution caused by the influx of vehicles using the alternate route during road constructions.


Traffic has been intense during the morning rush hour when commuters’ including public motor vehicles and highway trucks use this small road.


When road constructions forced the main roads to close, the Butibum road became the alternate route starting last Saturday.


For Jane Billy and her children, every morning since Saturday, has been stressful.

She says her children are small and she walks them to the school and back.


Her concerns resonate with the other Butibum mothers like Josephine Bips, who has a stall just beside the road and because her children are suffering from Asthma, they are affected.


She says her children are coughing and some are having asthma attacks, while the community acknowledges road improvements to the main routes.


They now demand the Lae City Council to water down the road.


Lae expending is exhausting smaller roads, when the main routes are being fixed.


This can attribute to the planning of the city in the early 80’s.

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