The Hanuabada-Gerehu-9 Mile Road Project is Port Moresby’s longest upgraded road project which takes Port Moresby from the south-western seafront into new territory, taking Port Moresby to its outside boundary.
The 24km four-lane road from Badihagwa to Gerehu to Nine Mile was constructed by China Harbour Construction Company beginning in 2013 and opens up new areas between Gerehu and 9 Mile for new investment and development.
According to feasibility studies preceding the project, the road is forecast to net a return value of K4.3 billion in spin off investments.
The study by project consultant Cardno further elaborated that the road infrastructure would generate about 4,000 direct business and residential lots and another 2,300 lots through external distribution over the next 10 years.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop launched the project in June 2017 and named it after former prime minister the late Sir William Skate.
“Sir William Skate was a man who had left behind a great legacy as a true leader of the people and the founder of the current ruling Peoples National Congress party. As a former Prime Minister, former Governor and former Speaker of parliament it is only fitting that we name this new stretch of road, ‘The Sir William Skate highway’, in memory of this once great leader,” said Mr Parkop.
The road is now being used by Port Moresby motorists and has helped ease of traffic congestion upon the opposite Sir Hubert Murray Highway.