The first flyover for the South Pacific (outside of Australia and New Zealand) that showcases the modern Papua New Guinea.
Completed. Opened: 1 May 2015
Papua New Guinea made engineering history when it received South Pacific’s first flyover on 1 May 2015, opened by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
The project, undertaken by the National Capital District Commission in partnership with the National Government of Papua New Guinea, cost K161.47 million and was undertaken by New Zealand company, Hawkins Civil Construction Pty Ltd. It was completed in record time to meet deadlines set for the hosting of the Pacific Games in July 2015.
Called the Kookaburra Street initially from the name of the main Erima street that was being worked on, Prime Minister O’Neill named the flyover Kumul after the new engineering feature was included to the road.
Kumul Flyover connects the government area of Waigani to the Jacksons International Airport, making access convenient and easing traffic on Sir Hubert Murray Highway. It is a vital conduit supporting many hotels, businesses, government departments and international embassies.
The road project comprised a 600metre-long four-lane concrete flyover, just under 2.5km four-lane road, side road tie-ins, two roundabouts, drainage, footpaths service relocations, lighting, and associated street furniture. The design depicts PNG and Pacific-culture, featuring Pacific mural and local stamp.
The 600-metree structure required 48,000 tonnes of concrete, enough to fill 32 25metre swimming pools and was built with energy-saving lighting and to withstand any earth tremors and with a life-expectancy of up to 60 years.
The flyover has contributed to the successful hosting of the Pacific Games in 2015, the Africa Caribbean Pacific Leaders Summit and the FIFA U20-Women’s World Cup in 2016 in Port Moresby as it continues to serve the public of Port Moresby and the country.
Prime Minister O’Neill said at the opening of the new road: “Today, we are here to say: we are on a new path that will see Papua New Guinea taking its place not only in the region but also within the global community. The Kumul Flyover is part of (that) progress.”