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Road repairs for Garden Island

Salaseini Moceiwai
Saturday, January 26, 2013

REHABILITATION work on all roads on Taveuni have started with about 60 kilometres of road graded along the south end of the island.

Responding to complaints raised by some motorists this week, Fiji Roads Authority manager change Mike Rudge said most of the roads were damaged as a result of neglect and unforeseen circumstances.

"Improvements on all these roads are well under way at the moment with the help of a grader," Mr Rudge said. "The grader has upgraded 60 to 70kms in the south end and we expect to complete it this weekend before we move to the north of the island. Such work should be completed by Sunday (tomorrow) if good weather prevails."

Mr Rudge said road inspectors from the New Zealand-based contractor, Blacktop, would visit the island next week to complete inspection and plan remedial work on the sealed roads.

He said the team would repair the five-kilometre sealed section from Naqara to Wairiki.

"Work on the island will mainly focus on maintenance, resealing, drainage improvement, pavement and rehabilitation of bridges," he said.

Taveuni Taxi Union president Ravindra Kumar said they were concerned with the appalling road conditions on the island, saying they had greatly affected their business.

He said it would be a relief if authorities addressed the issue.


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