National Road Repairs ‘Progressing Well’ In Fiji

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Road resealing, other issues to be addressed in all divisions

By Mereani Gonedua

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, May 9, 2013) – Over 4,500 tons of pothole mix and asphalt also known as tar has been sealed on roads around Fiji.

"This is enough to fill an Olympic size swimming pool, over 2,000 kilometers of gravel road graded, 1.1 kilometers of structural repairs on sealed roads, over 5 kilometers of rural sealed road rehabilitated, 19 kilometers of gravel roads re-sheeted and 33 roads opened within three days of taking over the contract that had been closed by cyclone Evan," Fiji Roads Authority chief executive Neil Cook told FijiLive.

"Road works have progressed well throughout Fiji, in the North we have mobile asphalt plant brought into Labasa and producing asphalt for the first time in Vanua Levu, road marking on Nabouwalu and Tran’s insular roads, Vunicuicui Road opened to bus service after 15 years, weather bomb in March required mass action to open unsealed roads that got bogged and Lomaloma slip repaired."

He said in the West significant rainfall events in February and March caused some damage but all roads were open within 48 hours of water levels receding, road marking undertaken on Kings and Queens road throughout Western Division, new physical plant elements brought into Fiji including a bottom dumper, mower and new trucks, Vunatovau Village had its access restored after being closed for over 3 years, access restored to Yaloku Village, Rara Village and Navidili after long term closure and repairs at Naseyani Road.

He also said there are also some forms of repairs undertaken in the Central and Eastern division and repairs usually take time, however workers are doing their best.

He added almost all roads in Fiji needs repairing, however when a pothole is fixed and is later damaged, it will be at the contractors cost in order for them to ensure that their staff banish the poor practices of the past.

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