Brian Melairei, Director of Public Works.

Public Works Director Brian Melairei recently announced that they will be doing road improvement projects soon. According to their latest Facebook update, the Koror-Airai Road Rehabilitation Project will cost a total of 6.2 million dollars and the source of the funding will come from their Compact II Fund.

The project will consist of three parts: Package A, B, and C. Package A will cover the airport area all the way down to the Save More Store area. Then Package B will cover the T-Dock area all the way to Ice Box at Malakal. While Package C will take care of the turn going into Palau Visitors Authority all the way to Palau Pacific Resort. Work is expected to begin next week for Package A and C.

After Package A and C are finished, then they will start applying asphalt at the Ice Box area and continue their road improvement projects in Koror.

Director Melairei stated that ”the reason why we are doing it this way, is to give Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) a chance to complete their Koror-Airai Sanitation Project (KASP). So that we won’t crowd up the road and cause traffic”.

Moreover, due to not having the required materials available on island for asphalting, rock materials are being ordered from the Philippines and will be coming at the end of November. Once obtained, asphalting work will begin in Airai and Ngerkebesang either in the first or second week of December.

They expect to finish applying the asphalt by the end of March. After that, they will put stripes on the roads, put new stop signs, and speed limit signs. Finally they will be installing directional signs in some of the bigger intersections in Airai and Koror so that it can help guide visitors during their stay in Palau.

Surangel & Sons Construction Company was the winning bidder for this road resurfacing project as well as the Anguar dock improvement project, both funded by Compact II monies. (Telbakes Yano)