Papua New Guinea is lagging behind key infrastructures such as transport, electricity, and water supply. This situation is exacerbated in rural areas, affecting employment opportunities and the provision of public services such as health and education. Most of the population depends on road transport for its economic activities and essential social services. Due to limited load carrying capacity, increasing traffic volume and deterioration over time, the existing bridges have become a safety hazard and a weak link in the PNG's two-lane national road system.
Under the Implementation Support for the PNG Rural Bridges Project (2017-2023) 9 new bridges are constructed in Papua New Guinea's rural areas. It will ensure an improved access to markets and social services for the country's rural population. The EIB has co-financed, with the ADB, 2 of the 4 packages of large-scale investment programmes to develop a better connected, more efficient and safer road network. The allocated budget amounts to EUR 3 million.
Meeting at the ESPA office in Wewak
The existing causeway bridge and the market seen from Lae side