The Madang provincial administration is now working at opening an access road for commuters while waiting for the reconstruction of the Banab Bridge.
Provincial Administrator, Daniel Aloi, said 30metres away from both ends of the bridge would be cleared to allow a cleared point of pick up and drop off of genuine passengers.
This would help clear out traffic and opportunists from going to the site while authorities work on the access road.
The Provincial Administrator, Daniel Aloi, has met with the Provincial Works Manager Andrew Kendura to make sure traffic flows from both ends of the bridge.
Mr Aloi has also met with community leaders living on both sides to allow a clearing for pick up and drop off of travelling passengers.
Aloi explained they are now in dialogue with the provincial works manager to have the access road fixed and allow traffic to return to normal.
The two kilometre access road will see the clearing and grading of the road from Matugar through to Banab.
” We are working closesly with the Works Department,” said Aloi.
However, Mr Aloi said from advised he got from experts it would take up to 6-months to put up a temporarily bridge.
Adding a permanent bridge would take up to a year to complete.
Meanwhile, local MPs from Bogia and Sumkar have also taken the lead in assisting the provincial government and the provincial works department to get the access road open in time.