Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:25 AM

Donors Fund Bridge Rehab on Guadalcanal

Broken bridges on Guadalcanal will be restored soon under a donor funded project supervised by Ministry of Infrastructure Development.

In a formal ceremony last week to kick-start the project, officials from the Ministry of infrastructure Development and Kitano Construction Corporation jointly signed documents sealing the repair work.

Project team leader, Peter Knee, says Kitano Construction Corporation will be working on restoring bridges on both East and West Guadalcanal in the next 18 months.

In terms of maintenance, he says communities will be engaged in removing debris from culverts and under the bridges while for bigger rivers, contractors have been identified to carry out maintenance when the need arises.

Meanwhile, the Premier of Guadalcanal Province who also witnessed the signing of the project says it is a relief for the province to be assisted by the government and aid donors to restore the bridges.

People from both East and West Guadalcanal were badly affected last year and this year when bridges in their areas were destroyed during heavy rain and flooding.

The bridge repair work is part of the Solomon Islands Road Improvement Project (SIRIP) which is fully funded by aid donors.