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Noro roads improvement starting soon

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The tendering process for upgrades to critical road sections in Noro has recently concluded, and the successful bidder is expected to mobilize upon satisfying the various conditions of contract requirements. These works are supported by the World Bank (WB) under the Second Solomon Islands Roads and Aviation Project (SIRAP2) and are being implemented by the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID).

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The Letter of Acceptance was issued to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) on 16 February 2024 with a kick-off meeting to introduce the contractor to the SIRAP2 Project Support Team and the Design and Supervision Consultant held last week.

As part of the conditions of contract, the contractor is obliged to submit their Beneficial Ownership Disclosure Form within 8 working days, and their Performance Security and Environmental and Social Performance Security within 28 working days after issuance of the Letter of Acceptance. Additionally, the Contractor’s Environmental and Social Management Plan is the other vital document needed to be submitted for review and approval from MID and WB prior to mobilization and commencement of works.

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The road works are inclusive of pavement improvement of 10.2 km of existing sealed and unsealed roads in Noro. The improvement works will focus on improving road safety as well as climate resilience through pothole repairs, raising the road, surface improvements and enhanced drainage.

Allan Lilia, Acting Permanent Secretary of MID, said, “These roads will benefit over 7,300 people living in Noro and Munda wards. Communities in the areas can enjoy safer and more reliable access to markets and services, with better roads resulting in reduced travel times and vehicle operating costs. These upgrades will improve quality of life, income opportunities, and access to healthcare, education, and markets for the people of Western Province,’’ he further added.

In addition to the Noro Road improvements, SIRAP2 is also constructing four new bridges in Malaita (Kolofe1, Kolofe2, Su’u Harbor, and Bira Bridges), providing upgrades to Honiara and Munda Airports and Santa Cruz (Lata) Airfield, investing in air navigation systems in Makira-Ulawa and Temotu Provinces, and supporting regional airport maintenance.

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