The Pacific’s first four-lane overpass, the Kumul Flyover built by New Zealand’s Hawkins Group, was officially opened today by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Hon. Peter O’Neill.
The Kumul Flyover will provide a faster travel route from Jacksons International Airport into Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea’s capital, in time for the country’s hosting of the 2015 Pacific Games and the APEC Leaders Forum in 2018.
Hawkins, New Zealand’s largest privately owned infrastructure and construction business, won the contract to build the NZ$80 million (K161 million) structure in partnership with local subcontractors. Hawkins employed more than 800 local people including engineers, administrators and health and safety staff to work alongside their diverse international team.
The 600 metre structure required 48,000 tonnes of concrete, enough to fill 32 standard (25m long) swimming pools. It was designed in accordance with New Zealand Transport Authority and Austroad standards and built with energy saving lighting and to withstand earth tremors.
“Hawkins developed close relationships with the community to combine international expertise with local knowledge and experience. We learned a lot about the wider environment, achieving no lost time injury during the project’s 750,000 working hours,” said Hawkins Chief Executive, Geoff Hunt.
“Hawkins was very impressed with the rigorous, transparent selection process led by the Central Supply and Tenders Board, National Executive Council and the National Capital District,” said Mr Hunt. “The flyover is an example of the government’s vision of increased investment in essential infrastructure like roads, transport, health and education and we look forward to doing a lot more business in Papua New Guinea.”