Fiji Road Resealing Process To Begin In Suva

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Authority addressing ‘large backlog’ over next few months

By Reginald Chandar

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, May 7, 2013) – The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has commenced resealing roads in the country and the process has started off from Suva.

Resealing is done to waterproof the existing sealed roads by adding another layer of bitumen and stone reducing the amount of water that gets into a road extends the life of the road for between 5-12 years depending on the traffic volumes and type of reseal applied.

FRA chief executive Neil Cook said many of thee roads will have some repair works done on the worst sections prior to resealing and the finished reseal is likely to be rougher than a brand new road but will last a lot longer than if no work is done at all.

He said the sealing of streets is like painting a house thus protecting and extending the life of the road, while making it safe to use.

"FRA is addressing the large backlog of resealing that is required on Fiji’s sealed roads and has an ambitious target of delivering over 100 kilometers of resealing each year. This means that over the next few months travelers will frequently come upon worksites with a lot of activity," he said.

"We are asking the travelling public to take care when driving through a reseal site as loose sealing chip will be present for a few days after it has been applied which can be slippery when driving too fast, and can cause broken windscreens when vehicles don’t abide by the speed restrictions that the contractors put in place during the reseal operation."

He also urges all drivers to abide by the instructions given at the worksites, as driving through bitumen spray or driving on uncovered bitumen can cause irreparable damage to vehicles.

"Road marking will also not be present for a few days after resealing so drivers should take care especially when driving at night," he said.

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