THREE New Zealand road maintenance companies have been granted contracts to upgrade our roads.
The New Zealand three — Higgins, Blacktop and Fulton Hogan Hiway Stabilizers — were selected from 28 firms in the Asia-Pacific region after a tender process that began in May this year said Fiji Road Authority manager change Mike Rudge.
He said despite the new contractors coming on-board, local contractors involved in road rehabilitation works would continue operations but under more stringent guidelines.
"The successful contractors are Higgins Contracting in the Western Division, Blacktop in the Northern Division and Fulton Hogan Hiway Stabilizers in the Central/ Eastern Division.
"In addition to staff they will hire from the old Department of National Roads and their own staff — they will also be using local contractors to supplement and support their efforts."
"These sub-contractors include Prataps Asphalt, FairDeal Earthmoving, Dayals and Naboutini Transport," he said.
Prime Minister and Minister for Roads Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said the awarding of contracts to experienced road-makers was a critical part of the reforms to the country's road management.
"The contracts start on January 1 and will be for four years with a right of extension for a further one or two years. The contracts have a combined annual value of $120million. This will be the first time that Fiji has committed to an ongoing program of maintenance and renewal of its roads," he said.