The metropolis landscape of Port Moresby is set to transform significantly with the construction of the multi million dollar Kookaburra Flyover Street, the biggest project yet ever to be undertaken this decade in Papua New Guinea and the first in any South Pacific country once completed. The flyover will become an iconic feature of Port Moresby’s landscape on leaving Jackson’s Airport, symbolising a fast growing economy and progressive country.
The construction of the flyover from Jackson’s International Airport to Sir John Guise Stadium in Waigani will start soon following the groundbreaking ceremony on 25 February. Project contractor Hawkins Group completed planning the four-lane flyover over the last six months and is now ready to begin construction. Hawkins was awarded the contract in July 2013, with site investigation, topographical and geotechnical survey work commencing immediately. Hawkins also worked closely with the client National Capital District Commission (NCDC) and client representative Cardno to achieve expected milestones and progress with the help of design partner Opus International Consultants.
The flyover street is expected to improve traffic congestion, reduce travelling times (by providing direct route), improve productivity for business, stimulates economic benefits and increase employment. The project value is just over K160 million (US$58.090m), expected to take around 109 weeks with site investigation and design being carried out in the first three to four months and followed by construction.
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