THE Fiji Roads Authority is confident of meeting its timelines as it works round-the-clock to maintain roads around the country.
While acknowledging the various loopholes that exist in managing Fiji's roads, authority chief executive officer Neil Cook pointed out that the authority is committed to improving the road conditions and has already implemented processes to carry out operations.
A government statement quoted Mr Cook as saying a change to Fiji's road network had a timeline which would ensure all road conditions are improved.
"The big difference FRA will do is there will be the quality standards which will be applied," he said.
"Potholes that are repaired now will not appear immediately after the next rain and contractors who fail to carry out repairs effectively will have to re-do the work at their own costs.
"Our professional services provider and physical works contractors are now in place.
"We have qualified people with the right skills and experience to deliver on government's promise to the people of Fiji."
On a recent tour with authority officials and media representatives at roadwork sites in Suva, Mr Cook highlighted that sustainability of roads was the authority's main priority.
"By implementing proper asset management planning and best practice maintenance management standards, we can expect to have a road network that is sustainable into the future and meets appropriate international standards with the next five years," he said.
Reiterating government's position on improving roads, Mr Cook said these developments were expected to boost Fiji's socio economic sectors.
"Government has signalled its commitment to reform. They have backed up the political commitment with unprecedented levels of investment to deliver significant improvements."