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Highway work on track

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

PREPARATION work has started for the construction of the Dreketi-Nabouwalu Highway in the Northern Division.

Fiji Roads Authority change manager Mike Rudge said actual construction work would begin by the end of next month.

"Preparatory works have begun and the transportation of machinery, including the setting up for the work sites, are in progress," he said.

Boarding houses for workers of the China First Railway Group have also been constructed along the highway.

The company was awarded a contract last year to tarseal and upgrade the Nabouwalu Dreketi Highway.

Mr Rudge said roadworks for the north would include maintenance of both sealed and unsealed roads.

Meanwhile Montogomery Watson Hauser north manager Joji Mate said FRA/MWH was aware of the road conditions on Taveuni and Vanua Levu.

"The new contractor is only in its third week there and there are bound to be constraints in establishment in terms of resources during the infancy period," said Mr Mate.

"Maintenance work is in progress on Taveuni according to the first quarter and January work program. Unfortunately the grader broke down two days ago after grading 60 kilometres of road in the north end of the island."

He said a pavement repair team would leave for the island next week to mark the road from Naqara to Wairiki.

"FRA/MWH management knows the economic potential of the island.

"The work program this year on Taveuni will be in the vicinity of $2million to $2.5million. Work will mainly involve maintenance, resealing, drainage improvement, pavement rehab and bridges."