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New bridges in Papua New Guinea will help develop infrastructure and connect local communities

Leading bridge and engineering services specialist Mabey has today announced its work to provide seven bridges in the Alotau region of Papua New Guinea.

The bridges will provide vital access for local people and businesses in remote areas, saving them from having to take boats across the sea to access services such as health clinics, schools and markets. As the waters around Papua New Guinea can be treacherous, the road link will make the travel time much shorter and safer.

As part of the partnership, Mabey is also training local communities with the knowledge and materials they need to build similar structures in the future – part of its ongoing mission to deliver fast, safe and efficient bridging solutions across the globe.

The £400K contract is with Markham Culverts, the leading manufacturer and supplier to the Civil Engineering Community in the region. Mabey is providing seven bridges; six of which will be used by the local government agency, Department of Work for Papua New Guinea. The single-lane, extra-wide Compact 200s (C200) will be situated on a highway from Alotau to East Cape; the boat landing point for many outlying island communities.

Ron Lane, General Manager, Markham Culverts, comments: “Foreign tourism is a growing industry in the Milne Bay Province – growth which the local government is looking to continue. Given Papua New Guinea’s mountainous landscape, supply and maintenance of roads in the country is a significant challenge, which is why Mabey’s C200 solution has been vital in improving road networks in this area. The new bridges will also help more local people access markets to sell produce grown in their village, or harvest seafood from the rich marine environment. Not to mention enabling travel to larger centres where services such as health and education are based.”

Michael Treacy, CEO, Mabey Bridge, comments: “Asia-Pacific is an exciting market, with governments readily investing in critical infrastructure. These new bridges will help local people in rural areas access vital services such as schools and hospitals, and will increase employment opportunities by selling local produce, so we’re delighted to be supporting the government in Papua New Guinea on its ambitious programme to upgrade the highway and advance infrastructure.”
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