A package of 27 new climate resilient bridges part-funded by the European Union and the Asian Development Bank are improving lives in Papua New Guinea.

One of Papua New Guinea’s modern climate-resistant bridges. Credit: European Investment Bank

The new bridges are modern, double-lane permanent bridges designed for the region’s rugged terrain and extreme weather.

The programme replaced 27 outdated and deteriorating single-lane bailey bridges along Papua New Guinea’s national highways. They will facilitate social and economic development by improving access to markets for cacao and vanilla farmers, and to health facilities and schools.

The Bridge Replacement of Improved Rural Access Project (Brirap) is a collaboration between the Asian Development Bank (US$90 million) for 18 bridges, the European Investment Bank (US$50 million) for the final nine bridges, and the government of Papua New Guinea (US$10 million).