STUDENTS will no longer miss classes and workers will get to work on time once the Taiperia road upgrade project in Natabua, Lautoka is completed.
Apart from solving decades of transportation issues, the new road and accompanying drainage systems will also address flooding issues in the area.
Vasemaca Konu, spokeswoman for the Taiperia community situated at Natabua seaside, said the road upgrade was a godsend and an early Christmas present for the community.
"We have been facing this problem for almost 40 years and in 2010 I began a campaign to make the government aware of our problem and today we have seen our prayers answered," she said.
"Transport has been a big issue for us, in good weather transport costs us $7 and when it rains this can go up to $10.
"We have a bus service but it does not operate when it rains and this means children miss school and workers go late," she said.
Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Colonel Samuela Saumatua said the road upgrade meant opportunities and benefits to the local community as well as government.
"I have been told of the hardship during the recent floods including transportation problems," he said.
"It is my fervent wish and prayer that after the road upgrading project, the 70 odd schoolchildren who use this road daily won't be missing school and similarly adults from 46 households won't be missing work," he said.
Lautoka special administrator Praveen Bala thanked the Asian Coalition Housing Rights, the People's Community Network and the government for partnering with the Lautoka City Council in the road upgrade project.