WHILE travelling public and transport providers along the North Road in Malaita Province appreciated the recent successful upgrade of Kwai Bridge, they said more deteriorated bridges along the North Road need equal attention.
North Road, the longest road access in Malaita Province with 112 Kilometres which runs from Central Kwara’ae and ends at Baegu Asifola, has many deteriorated bridges that are life threatening.
Speaking to this paper over the weekend, a concerned regular traveller Francis Wanebeu said the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MID) is doing a fine job in the recent upgrade of Kwai Bridge which allows vehicles to cross over without any difficulties.
Mr Wanebeu is of the view that all wooden bridges along the North Road should be upgraded with iron bridges with safety rails on.
He said many Bridges in the West Kwara’ae part of the road including the Dala Bridge should be upgraded to ensure they are safe for the public.
He said the same should be done to Kolofe Bridge in the Lau Mbaelelea part of the road where he said many small wooden bridges along the North Road have been left to rot without any attention from MID.
While he commended MID for seeing it fit to build iron and concrete bridges with safety rails along the North Road, he said those deteriorated bridges needed to be fixed for safety reasons.
By WILSON SAENI in Auki