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Boluminski Highway

Boluminski Highway

The Boluminski Highway is the main land transportation route on the island of New Ireland. It runs from the provincial capital of Kavieng for 193km down the east coast of the island to Namatanai. From Kavieng it is a sealed road for around 120 km until Bol village, and from there it has a crushed white coral road surface.

The Highway is named after Franz Boluminski who was the German District Officer from 1910 until the First World War. He built a large section of the highway by forcing individual villages along the coast to construct and maintain a section. If a section of the road fell into disrepair the village responsible would be severely punished.

The villagers were not punished in the corporal way for poor road maintenance; they had to carry his sulky with him in it, over the substandard section and then his horse was reharnessed and he continued.

The quality of the highway was not rivalled on the mainland until the 1950s.

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