MOTORIST and pedestrians travelling along Fletcher Road in Vatuwaqa will soon experience a free flow of traffic as Suva special administrator, Chandu Umaria has given his reassurance that traffic lights will soon be fixed.
Members of the public have expressed concern at the traffic jams caused by the non-operating traffic lights for the past three months in Vatuwaqa.
Mr Umaria said the problem would be fixed as soon as possible.
By January 1, 2013, all traffic lights, roads and road sign maintenance currently under the care of the 10 municipal councils will be transferred to the Fiji Roads Authority.
FRA general manager Mike Rudge yesterday confirmed the transfer of responsibility did not only cover municipal council roads but also involved maintenance of provincial roads and all cane access roads that buses travel on around the country.
"As of next year we have full responsibility in taking care of these roads, traffic lights and road signs," he said.
"We have already made our proposal for a budget in order to service traffic lights, roads and road signs around the country, we have submitted it to the government."
Mr Rudge said the budget allocation for the repair and maintenance of roads, traffic lights and road signs would be announced by the government during next year's budget announcement.
The move was undertaken to ease the load of repairing traffic lights, tar sealing of roads and road signs maintenance by council workers after the setting up of the Fiji Roads Authority.
Meanwhile, former Fiji residents returning for visits have expressed concern at the general deterioration of road conditions in the country.
Some have written to letters in the open column calling for authorities to repair the roads because they don't reflect well on the government and its commitment to service to the people.