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PAPUA NEW GUINEA




Transportation is a major problem in Papua New Guinea because of the difficult terrain. Major population centers are linked chiefly by air and sea, although road construction has increased to supplement these expensive means of transport. Of some 19,600 km of roads in 2002, only 686 km were paved. The capital Port Moresby is not linked by road to any of the other major towns.

The longest road in the country is the Highlands Highway which links Lae and Madang to the Highlands region. The Boluminski Highway links Kavieng and Namatanai in New Ireland Province. A highway linking Wewak in East Sepik Province and Vanimo in West Sepik Province was completed in September 2007. The Kiunga-Tabubil Highway is a privately maintained road that links highland communities in the Western Province.

Highlands Highway, Length: 700 km
Known as the Okuk Highway is the main land highway in Papua New Guinea. It connects several major cities and is vital for the movement of people and goods between the populous Highlands region and the coast.
For most of its length the Highlands Highway is no more than a single carriageway two-lane road which is often hindered by potholes and land slips. It is also notorious, particularly in the Highlands region, for being the place of numerous armed hold-ups and robberies committed by local bandits called rascals.
The highway begins in Lae and travels through the Markham Valley. A branch continues through the Ramu Valley in Madang Province and ends at the coast at the provincial capital of Madang. From the Markham Valley the Highlands Highway runs up and over the approximately 1500 metre high Kassam Pass and into the Eastern Highlands Province. It passes over the wall of Yonki Dam and then travels through the towns of Kainantu and Henganofi to the provincial capital, Goroka. From here it travels up and then over the 2,478 m high Daulo Pass and crosses into Simbu Province and through to its capital of Kundiawa. After Kundiawa the highway reaches the Wahgi valley, which marks the start of the Western Highlands Province. It continues through to the provincial capital of Mount Hagen and then at a village called Togoba, it splits. A southern branch continues on to the Southern Highlands province and its capital of Mendi before going on to Tari. The other branch goes to Enga province and its capital of Wabag before ending at the mining town of Porgera.
In 2006 the eastern section of the highway (Lae-Goroka) was resurfaced by the Australian government AusAid Program. Several Japanese and Taiwanese projects have contributed to rebuilding or replacement of important bridges











 

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Boluminski Highway, Lenght: 193 km
The Boluminski Highway is the main land transportation route on the island of New Ireland in Papua New Guinea. It runs from the provincial capital of Kavieng for 193 km down the east coast of the island to Namatanai. From Kavieng it is a sealed road for around 120 km until Bol village, and from there it has a crushed white coral road surface.
Originally named Kaiser-Wilhelm-Chaussee during the German protectorate, it was renamed in 1921 into East Coast Road. After Papua New Guinea gained independence (1975) the Highway was renamed again, this time after Franz Boluminski who was the German District Officer from 1910 until the First World War. He built a large section of the highway by forcing individual villages along the coast to construct and maintain a section. If a section of the road fell into disrepair the village responsible would be punished by having to carry his sulky with him in it over the substandard section, and then his horse was reharnessed and he continued.
The quality of the highway was not rivalled on the mainland until the 1950s


Kiunga-Tabubil Highway, Lenght: 137 km
The Kiunga-Tabubil Highway is an all weather gravel road that runs from the river port town of Kiunga through Ningerum and Tabubil to the Ok Tedi Mine site, in the remote North Fly District of the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. The road is around 137 kilometres long, but this changes as sections are rehashed.
The "highway" was built in the early 1980s. It is maintained by Ok Tedi Mining Limited, who are the greatest beneficiaries of the road. The highway, for the most part, runs parallel with the Ok Tedi River, which, due to the fact it is a high volume waterway resting on a sand bank, is an incredibly fast moving and volatile river. Parts of the highway are often consumed by the river and need to be rebuilt. The cost of maintaining this road is K1.5 million a year, in a region where people have an average annual income of about K50 a year.


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Port Moresby, Population: 308,000
Port Moresby is the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea. It is located on the shores of the Gulf of Papua, on the southeastern coast of the island of New Guinea.
According to a survey of world cities by the Intelligence Unit of The Economist, Port Moresby is one of the world's least livable cities (ranked 137 of 140 cities rated).












 

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Lae, Population: 110,000
Lae, the capital of Morobe Province, is the second-largest city in Papua New Guinea. It is located at the start of the Highlands Highway which is the main land transport corridor from the Highlands region to the coast. Lae is the largest cargo port of the country

















 

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Papua New Guinea - Indonesia border
To go from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia by land, there’s only one option: the border between Vanimo and Jayapura.
The border has two lanes of paved road, but no car is allowed to go through it. You must get a ride from Vanimo to the border, go through immigration, then catch another ride to Jayapura.
Before you reach the border, you have to go through a checkpoint. There’s a No Man’s Land between both countries about 10 metres wide. On either side are totems carved in the Papuan style welcoming you to their respective countries. There’s a gate for people and a sliding one for cars, about waist high, that is never opened. A lighthouse with an Indonesia flag towers to the right.






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Boroko, Port Moresby


Bava Street junction and Boroko Drive, East Boroko, Port Moresby


Bava Street, East Boroko, Port Moresby


Rounderbout at Gordons, Along the Poreporena Freeway, Port Moresby


Poreporena Freeway towards Port Moresby Down Town
 

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Oh yes, but at least that road is paved... in many provinces roads are unpaved, with frequent rain they become a hell of mud
This one is in Western province, usually they drive here logging trucks
 

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Magy Highway
This highway runst east from Port Moresby, circling round Bootless Bay to the small marina (Tahira Boating Centre) from which the ferry crosses to Loloata Island, the main attraction on this route. It continues in varying states of disrepair past many fine beaches, the pick of them being Hula Beach, about 100 km from the capital.

Morea Tobo Road, heading towards 6 MILE Market area and Magi Highway Junction, Port Moresby


Outiside Port Moresby
 

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Hiritano Highway
The impressively pot-holed Hiritano Highway once connected Port Moresby with Kerema, far to the west in Gulf province. Locals now abandon the road at Malalaua for dinghies which ferry them for the last 70 km. To drive the whole highway is possible only in dry season, recommended to drive with an extra 4WD with a winch to pull free your first vehicle from the waist-high mud.
Approaching Bereina Village area along the Hiritano Highway near River


Driving along gravel section of the Hiritano Highway in Bereina area


View along a Lush Green Tropical area along the Hiritano Highway


Passing a Bridge up along the Hiritano Highway


View along a Straight Stretch of the Hiritano Highway


View along the Hiritano Highway towards cloud covered Hillsin Inawabui area


View up along the Hiratano Highway on gravel section, above Inawabui area


View along the Hiritano Highway up past Inawabui area


Betel Nut & Coconut Trees along the Hiritano Highway


Driving along a long straight stretch of the Hiritano Highway




Entrance off of Hiritano Highway to Anna Pinu's Fuel Station and trade store area, passing local village market at entrance at Agevariu


Looking from Anna Pinu's trade store fuel station area at Agevariu towards the Hiritano Highway heading towards Port Moresby




Crossing bridge over river near Agevariu, along the Hiritano Highway


Looking towards Avabadina village, along the Hiritano Highway




Avabadina billage roadside produce stalls lined up along one side of the Hiritano Highway near turn off to Pinu Village


Very reddist type soil along the Hiritano Highway between Avabadina and Kanosia Villages (small White Ant nest can be seen on the top)


 

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Passing through a long stretch of Rubber Trees at DOA Plantation at Kanosia, along the Hiritano Highway








Police Station Check Point area at Kanosia in DOA Rubber Tree Plantation area, along the Hiritano Highway


Driving pass young Rubber Trees in DOA Estate Plantation, along the Hiritano Highway




Driving through hilly area in DOA Estate area along the Hiritano Highway








Village Scene along the Hiritano Highway heading near Debois


View down along the Hiritano Highway in Valley with thick Banana Palm crop on right




Single lane Bridge over the Vanapa River near Kanobaba village along the Hiritano Highway


View along the Hiritano Highway


Scenic view along bend in the Hiritano Highway not far from turn off to Sabuso


View looking back along the Hiritano Highway to mountains


Hiritano Highway to Madoguba Village along Laloki River
 

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Hubert Murray Highway
The Hubert Murray Highway is a highway inland to east of Port Moresby. It starts from Healy Parade in Koki district and it ends before the Laloki river bridge. After the bridge the road takes the name of Hiritano Highway.

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Metal Turtle Sculpture on center of rounderbout in Koki along Healy Parade. Here starts the Hubert Murray Highway


Driving along Hubert Murray Highway towards Koki Rounderbout area


Driving along Hubert Murray Highway in Koki area


The Salvation Army Head Quarters, South Central Division, along Hubert Murray Highway in Badili area


Badili Big Rooster on left and looking up Moyon Street from along Hubert Murray Highway in BadiliI area, with views up onto Ela Makana Hill behind


Approaching Hubert Murray Highway from along Scratchley Road in Badili area


Heading up 2 Mile Hill along Hubert Murray Highway, 2 Mile Hill Settlement area on right in Gully, Port Moresby


Various Local 2 Mile Settlement Stores along Hubert Murray Highway on 2 Mile Hill


At top of 2 Mile Hill along Hubert Murray Highway,road on otherside of post is Korobosea Drive, also looking at Pacific View Appartments on top of 2 Mile Hill


Nearing top of 3 Mile Hill area along Hubert Murray Highway with Pacific View Appartments ahead


Hubert Murray Highway near top of 3 Mile Hill in Taurama area


Looking up to 2 Mile Hill area from turn around access area along Hubert Murray Highway


View of Petromin Building along Hubert Murray Highway in Taurama area
 

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Front view of new Petromin Building along Hubert Murray Highway in Taurama are


Wards Road Rounderbout Intersection from along Hubert Murray Highway


Heading along Hubert Murray Highway towards Wards Road Rounderbout and Taurama area, from Boroko area


Various stores and Mobil fuel station along Hubert Murray Highway in Boroko area


Overhead walkway bridge across Hubert Murray Highway at 4 Mile area


Two colourful Birds of Paradise, metal art sculptures on rounderbout in Boroko along Hubert Murray Highway




View along Hubert Murray Highway in Boroko, looking towards 5 Mile area


Driving through Boroko along Hubert Murray Highway




Between 5 Mile Rounderbout and looking towards Boroko area, along Hubert Murray Highway


5 Mile Rounderbout and Fountain on Boroko Drive and Hubert Murray Highway


Looking down Hubert Murray Highway to 5 Mile Rounderbout and Boroko Drive, further back is Boroko area
 

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Part 3/4

Upgrading Hubert Murray Highway in 5 Mile area


View looking down from 6 Mile Hill along Hubert Murray Highway towards 5 Mile area


Upgrading the Hubert Murray Highway road along Gordons Ridge area


View looking along upgraded work along Hubert Murray Highway in Gordons Ridge Settlement area


Passing through Gordons Ridge Settlement area along Hubert Murray Highway during road work upgrade




view near Kanage Street in Gordons Ridge from along Hubert Murray Highway aproaching Erima area


Approaching Geauta Drive at Erima T Junction from along Hubert Murray Highway


View along Hubert Murray Highway acrossto Erima childrens park area


Approaching Rounderbout at Erima Junction from along Hubert Murray Highway


NCD sign on Rounderbout in Erima along Hubert Murray Highway and Kookaburra Street in Erima area


Approaching old Fuel Station at Erima, along Hubert Murray Highway


Driving through Erima area along Hubert Murray Highway
 

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Plane about to land at Jackson Airport, seen from Hubert Murray Highway near Erima


Fire at end of Jacksons Airport along Hubert Murray Highway


Corner Block near 8 Mile area, along Hubert Murray Highway


Passing through 8 Mile area along Hubert Murray Highway


Approaching 8 Mile Housing area from 9 Mile, along Hubert Murray Highway


Local village roadside stalls viewed along Hubert Murray Highway between 8 Mile and 9 Mile areas


Sogeri Road Junction turn off from along Hubert Murray Highway at 9 Mile


Heading towards 9 Mile Market area at turn off to Sogeri, along Hubert Murray Highway


Locals bagging and selling sand & gravel along Hubert Murray Highway near Rouna Quarries at 9 Mile


Turning off of Hubert Murray Highway towards the Bomana Police College


Stones in heaps for sale along Hubert Murray Highway near 10 Mile area


Approaching turn off to Monier and Shorncliffe Quarry's area from along Hubert Murray Highway in 11 MILE area


Large Rain Trees overhanging Hubert Murray Highway near Laloki River single lane road bridge. Here starts the Hiritano Highway
 
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