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$9m for road repairs

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

THREE roads are still closed to traffic in the Western Division, says Fiji Roads Authority divisional road engineer western Munsami Naidu.

And Mr Naidu has blamed the weather as one of the contributing factors to the delay in roadworks.

He said roads still closed to all vehicles were Namulomulo and Nawaicoba in Nadi and Nasesevia and Balenabelo in Nadroga/Navosa.

"Of the 12 roads that were closed two weeks ago, nine roads have been reopened and only three roads are left to be repaired," Mr Naidu said.

"Afternoon showers have been a major drawback to our work and we are working hard to restore service to the affected residents.

"Most of the roads that have been temporarily opened and once we get the funding, then we will fix these roads," he said.

Mr Naidu said the authority had spent more than $4 million on road maintenance since the recent flood.

"We still need more than $9 million for the full restoration of roads, especially in rural areas.

"Our main priority is to fix all the roads that were damaged by the flood and landslides so people can move around," he said.

Mr Naidu said the road leading up to the Ba highlands had been opened but would take time for the road to be fully repaired.

"Roads have been temporary opened for Nanuku and some neighbouring villages and once we get the funding, we will properly fix the roads.

"We are working closely with the office of the Commissioner Western and other government departments for the full restoration of road services," he said.


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