Except for a little bit of rain this week we have had weeks of dry weather. Compact Road construction moves at a rapid pace during long dry spell. During this time good road condition last until another big heavy rainstorm that would last a day or two.
Despite the thick "hokori" created from the heavy equipments and passing motorists it is taking less time to reach the villages as it was just a few months ago. A friend of mind mentioned that it took him from the Ngchesar mini-market "el ngara ked" to the paved road in Airai in 36 minutes. And I once drove from the compact road starting at the turn to the Ngaremlengui Dispensary to Shell Gas Station in Airai in the same amount of time, 36 minutes. I used to take many people up in Babeldaob before the construction of the compact road commenced and it would have taken me about an hour and half travelling the same direction.
Before, those who traverse the dirt road were government workers or only those who have 4WD that can challenge the different terrains and the weather bitten roads. As it is now, it is not rare to see people commuting from their homes as far away as Melkeok to Koror for work. And this trend is continuing and will move into high speed once the compact road is completed by the end of 2005, that's the completion date we're given.