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Works Department awards K4m contract to local company for Simbu section of Highlands Highway

The Works Department has awarded a K4 Million contract to a local Company in Simbu for restoration work along the Simbu section of the Highlands Highway.

This is the second major damage at Wandi, Simbu, in just three months, costing millions of Kina from the National Government.

Traffic into the Highlands region has been affected after the road was damaged by flood last Thursday.

Last month, Works Department paid K500,000 in compensation payment to the locals at Wandi for damaged caused by the past landslip in January.

Scoping exercise was done for the National Government to build a new road before the wet season, however, last Thursday, after a heavy downpour; the landslip covered the temporary by-pass.

The landslip covered an area of 3 kilometres long and 5 kilometres wide.

This week the Works Department awarded a K4 Million for restoration work at the temporary by-pass.

Currently, the local contractor is doing initial work to dry the ground before actual work can start.

The first landslip was on New Year’s Eve of January 2017. This landslip was said to be one of the biggest in the last five years. It damaged properties and covered portion of the highlands highway.

Other landslips along the Highlands Highway are at Watabung, Daulo Pass, Kassam Pass and some parts of Simbu and Eastern Highlands.

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