Over the past few months and most of this year, two main streets in Port Moresby’s central business district has undergone a major rehabilitation exercise and the results as you will see in the photos below are quite impressive.
Most of the road upgrades in city are being undertaken now as Port Moresby plays host city for the all important 2018 APEC meeting which will see heads of most nations set foot on Papua New Guinea’s capital city.
Hunter Street and Musgrave Street run parallel to each other with Hunter on the west and Musgrave on the ease side of the CBD.
Prior to the rehabilitation exercise, the two streets appeared to be narrow and creating traffic congestion on a regular basis. The recent job done on the two streets have not only widened the streets to create more space but also created a more open environment.
The one way Hunter Street in particular was a nightmare for motorists during business hours with workers parking their vehicles in whatever little space they could find. This caused so many traffic congestions and on several occasions traffic accidents.
The rehabilitation to Hunter Street has resulted in most of the trees lined alongside the road being chopped off. The chopping off trees has certainly not gone down well with the “greens” but there was very little choice if more space had to be created to ease the traffic and allow for off-street parking on Hunter Street.
Musgrave Street on the other hand has been a street where vehicles flowed in a rather uncoordinated way. The installation of traffic lights will add co-ordination and organisation to the flow of traffic. The once previous picturesque view towards the harbour has been replaced by two waterfront commercial buildings.
But all in all, the new developments on these two streets is welcomed and motorists will enjoy a more free flowing experience.