PEOPLE of northwest Guadalcanal have acknowledged the New Zealand government for the newly completed Mataniko Bailey bridge.
Northwest Guadalcanal chief John Kaoni said his people really appreciated the support by the New Zealand Government in supplying the new bridge after the old bridge was destroyed in the April 3rd flash flooding in Honiara.
Mr Kaoni said over the past months people have to cross the river by raft and boat at a cost of $2-00.
“And this is costing money for many people,” he said.
The traffic flow has also been affected by the washing away of the old bridge.
With the bridge now completed last week, the chief said it was seen as one of the developments happening in Honiara city that people and vehicles can use to cross.
The new bridge has now eased the traffic flow problem in our city, he said.
“Vehicles and the public can now cross the bridge without much problem and cost.”
Meanwhile the old bridge which was washed away in early April was retrieved from Mataniko yesterday.
Engineers and workers from Dalgro have been busy yesterday using cranes to pull up the washed away bridge.
By JOY BUAOKA