Road repairs cost $24m

The earthquake repair bill for roads in Papua New Guinea’s Enga, Southern Highlands and Hela provinces is expected to cost more than $US12 million, ($F24m) according to PNG’s Works Secretary David Wereh.

Mr Wereh told PNG’s The National some feeder roads in the provinces were badly damaged, including the Highlands Highway.

Mr Wereh said a number of sections had been damaged and completely destroyed after February’s 7.5 magnitude earthquake, resulting in the highway closing down.

He said assessments were made and a Cabinet submission drawn up with an estimated cost breakdown for restoration work coming to around $24m.

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