SOLOMONS & AUSTRALIA HOPEFUL TO EXTEND ROAD REHAB PROJECT

Roads in Honiara. Photo: SIBC

Roads in Honiara. Photo: SIBC

The Solomon Islands and Australian Governments through the National Transport Fund (NTF), with technical support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), are optimistic to extend their road rehabilitation program this year.

In a government statement today, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development and Deputy Chairman of the National Transportation Fund (NTF), Moses Virivolomo says the NTF expects to expand its national road rehabilitation programme in 2015.

Mr Virivolomo adds Solomon Islands Government and its development partners have proposed the initiative as they are pleased to see the benefits of smoother, safer travel reaching more road users in the country.

Meanwhile, the statement also says Representatives from the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID), the Australian High Commission and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have inspected Honiara road rehabilitation last week.

This follows a successful road rehabilitation work done by local contractors to Honiara roads since the 2014 April floods.

SIBC News understands a total of $87 million dollars was spent last year to maintain and improve roads around the country.

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