THE KUMUL Flyover, designed to avoid traffic bottlenecks along the Eight Mile and Nine Mile areas of Port Moresby, has been officially opened.

Designed and built by New Zealand company Hawkins Group, the project comprises a 600 metre long four-lane concrete flyover, a four lane road just under 2.5 kilometres, a roundabout, drainage and associated streetscape.

Hawkins put the value of the project at just under NZ$100 million when it first signed the contract to build the flyover in August 2013.

“The flyover and carriageway is a vital conduit from the Jacksons Airport to Waigani which supports many businesses, PNG Government departments and international embassies,” the company said at the time.

Construction was completed just weeks before Papua New Guinea hosted the Pacific Games, which Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said was a good time to showcase the best of the country.

“When people travel over this flyover for the Games and the Pacific Islands Forum they will see how this country is changing,” he said at the opening of the flyover.

“This significant infrastructure project that has been delivered on budget and on time.”

While the flyover had the working name of the Kookaburra flyover, it has been renamed the Kumul Flyover, while roads from Port Moresby City to Nine Mile will be named the Kumul Highway.”