GOVERNMENT will spend around $130million on three maintenance contractors who have started road maintenance works in Vanua Levu and Viti Levu.
Fiji Roads Authority manager change Mike Rudge said the maintenance projects included 100 kilometres of road networks in Vanua Levu and two maintenance projects in Viti Levu.
Mr Rudge said the maintenance contractors on Vanua Levu would only concentrate on maintenance works apart from upgrade works being carried out on the Buca Bay, Savusavu highway by the Chinese Railway Group.
"The contractors on Vanua Levu will also focus on road maintenance works on the island of Taveuni as well and this includes sealed and unsealed roads," he said.
Mr Rudge said road upgrade for the Nabouwalu-Seaqaqa highway was expected to start by late February as the contractors got their new plants delivered to the work sites.
"We are currently starting works with light maintenance works as our contractors await machineries and staff to be delivered at the various maintenance sites before we start upgrade works," he said.
Mr Rudge said maintenance works included pavement works, renewal of traffic signs and repainting of road markings, and that it was all part of the increased funding that was allocated to their ministry. "We have started road maintenance to ensure that children travel safely through our roads before the start of school this week," he said.