Commuters and motorists in and around Port Moresby have highlighted the need to address the problem of drainage to fix the recurring issue of large potholes on the city’s roads.
Mr. Jimmy Segodi, city resident from the suburbs of Port Moresby revealed that a drain leading into the street he resides on, usually floods the road when it rains heavily.
“The main road is good but it is just the street that is concerning, as the flooded drain is washing away portions of the road,” he said.
Ms. Gima Renagi who resides at Koki, shared similar thoughts, saying too that the right authorities need to work on the drainage as the worsened road conditions also pose a safety risks for female motorists.
“When it rains, the roads flood and when we slow down to avoid the potholes or when we are stuck in traffic during the rains, we may get held up by criminals.”
A resident of the Kennedy Estate said potholes along the Highway are unsafe and may lead to motor vehicle accidents. Resident of NPF Compound at 8 Mile, Ms. Rawali Leka said she usually takes the backroad that exits at ATS and this stretch has so many potholes that causes traffic congestions and she usually ends up going to work very late.
“We also come back from work very late as well, especially when it rains and it seems like nothing much is being done to fix this issue.”
Most of the people that PNGHAUSBUNG spoke to shared similar sentiments about the city roads woes and are appealing to the right authorities to come up with a more lasting solution to fix the potholes in the city.