By Lillian Keneqa – EMTV News, Alotau
Mutuyuwa Ward in Huhu LLG of Milne Bay Province officially opened a newly-built temporary bridge on Saturday, July 21, 2018.
Haumo Bridge, which was built by the Works Department, is 36 meters long and cost over 2.5 million kina. It is a critical piece of infrastructure which helps the people to connect from the town to the airport.
Five Government Ministers, including Governor John Luke Crittin, were in Alotau to officiate the program.
According to Works Minister, Michael Nali, the bridge is a bit too low.
“The next one that we build, we must lift the base of the bridge and make it a bit more higher.”
Alotau Open Member and Deputy Prime Minister, Charles Abel mentioned that they will need a permanent bridge as it is on the National Highway, however, this is the start of many good things to come.
“Many of our people that move up and down to the airport, this is a very important piece of infrastructure. We have been having headaches with this particular river for many years.”
Milne Bay Governor, Sir John Luke Crittin, agreed with the Works Minister that the bridge was too low. However, he mentioned that sometimes temporary becomes permanent. Governor Crittin commended the five ministers who were present for the opening of the temporary bridge.
This is another critical asset to the people of Milne Bay.