PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has opened the upgraded section of Magi Highway from 6 Mile to Bautama and named it the ‘Sir Reuben Taureka Highway’.
The road is part of the Capital Works upgrading that Port Moresby has been undergoing since 2013 under its Urban Planning and Redevelopment Master Plan.
The 12kilometre road is an important section of Magi Highway as it connects Bautama to Port Moresby and is now widened from a two-lane to a four-lane highway, has energy saving lights and comes complete with water and power supply facilities.
Bautama is the site of Central Province’s capital city, a project that has been attempted a couple of times but has never really taken off.
National Capital District Commission’s added efforts to include the water and power supply groundwork to the road corridor is because of NCD Governor Powes Parkop’s insistence that proper foundational work have to be put in place as the road leads to Bautama and the future Central City.
The road is part of the NCD Outer Ring Road network, which complements the City’s inner ring road system. The other two outer ring roads are Bautama to 15 Mile and Dogura to Bushwara, now in their design stages.
City Manager Leslie Alu speaking at the opening ceremony said: “This road, together with two other road links will complement either National Government or the Central Province’s thrust to create ‘Central City’.”
The 6 Mile-Bautama road project has cost K145.65 million (including GST and a 15% contingency which went toward the construction of the water utilities). Contractor was Hebou Constructions Ltd who was awarded the contract in October 2015 and delivered within the agreed 18 months construction period.
There was no variation (added cost) to the contract for which Mr Alu expressed much commendation to the Project Management Team. The NCD Capital Works Project Management Team is headed by Augustine Ravi and Ravu Frank.
The project is funded through a loan with Bank South Pacific.
The road is now called the ‘Sir Reuben Taureka Highway’ after long-time Central Province public servant and medical practitioner Sir Reuben Taureka.