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Australia,Kiribati,Philippines,United States : KIRIBATI upgrading its road infrastructure with support from global donors.

The key road infrastructure upgrading projects have been rendering significant amount of benefits to Kiribati.

Kiribati is carrying out these road infrastructure development works with support from the Washington-headquartered World Bank, the Manila-headquartered Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the Government of Australia.

The better road network on South Tarawa will facilitate improved safety provisions and drive economic growth.

The road, the single vehicular transportation route on the island, is a critical shared communal asset for the 50,000 residents of the South Tarawa.

The project is to ensure upgrading of paved roads of 32km and improving of feeder roads of 8km, allowing access all along the passage from the Betio seaport to the Tarawa airport.

As part of the plan, there will be setting up of footpaths, as well as upgrading of drainage system, speed humps, solar street lighting, and road signage to ensure better safety.

The Kiribati Road Rehabilitation Project worth US$57.5 million has been launched in the year 2010. This is the biggest economic infrastructure investment in the country since World War II, which has been started with the global donor agencies assistance.

With US$27 million worth of support, the World Bank is the top financier of this Kiribati project. The project also marks the global donors maiden support in the country through the International Development Association (IDA). The Australian Government has also offered $16.4 million (A$17.8 million) into this ambitious venture in Kiribati, while the ADB made a contribution of $14.4 million. The Government of Kiribati has supported this project with $2.6 million in funds.

Under the better road network in Kiribati, there will be roll out of an extensive road safety drive.

It was necessary to perform comprehensive surveys before starting the road construction work to find out unexploded pieces of weaponry, since the route contains a place where major fights during the World War II took place.

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Date:Mar 10, 2016
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