By Bethanie Harriman – EM TV, Lae
In a time span of over five years, Lae City’s suburban roads have cost over five hundred million kina to fix.
To include the Lae-Nadzab Highway, close to one billion kina has been spent by the government on Lae roads.
The works department has been closely watching the construction works of contractors to ensure that the roads meet specifications.
Most of the time, proper drainage and footpaths are required in the construction phase of all roads.
Within five years, the Lae District Administration funded the Buimo cemented-road project, including streetlights and footpaths.
Today, construction workers are doing the finishing touches on the Back Road, past Lae’s Malahang Industrial Centre.
The suburban roads in Lae have been made to last longer and built complete with footpaths, streetlights and proper runoff that will allow drainage.
Workers from a construction company have been working on building a proper drainage system along the Boundary Road section.
Men have been working under extreme conditions to implement what would be called a nation’s dream to have proper road infrastructure.
In addition, contractor companies have also been receiving millions of kina and are constantly scrutinized by the National and Provincial Works department to ensure their work done meets specification.
It can be seen as each rock and soil that is shoveled is every penny spent from taxpayers’ money and that all roads should get the desired results.
The spending began in 2011, when the government allocated over one hundred million kina.
Similar amounts have been allocated in the national budget in the last five years.
In 2012, the rehabilitation of the Lae roads had been the result of a poor implementation by a contractor company.