PVUDP supports diversity

Joseph Natonga pictured conducting traffic counts on Wharf Road for PVUDP

By Jonas Cullwick

The Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP) supports the engagement of a diverse number of people in carrying out the project. Here is one example.

Joseph Natonga is a person with disability who volunteers his time with Vanuatu Society for People with Disability (VSPD).

In 2015 Natonga was engaged, along with other members of VSPD, to conduct traffic counts to assist the design of Urban Roads and Drainage Phase 1.

Traffic counts are carried out during the design phase of the project in order to measure the volume of heavy traffic and the axle load of vehicles regularly using the roads, says an article in the latest edition of the PVUDP newsletter.

Axle load and usage determine the depth of asphalt required to ensure a long-lasting road surface.

PVUDP is currently conducting traffic counts in eight locations with Natonga’s help. These traffic counts will provide Public Works Department and other projects with better information to improve Port Vila’s roads. People wishing to support VSPD can contact them on +678 552 2321.

The Government of Vanuatu in Partnership with the Australian Government and Asian Development Bank (ADB) are funding the Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP) as one of the major investments in the nation’s capital.

PVUDP will contribute to sustainable urban development in Port Vila through improved road, drainage, sanitation infrastructure and services.

The project duration is from February 2013 to December 2018.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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