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$200m road ahead

Serafina Silaitoga
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

MORE investment opportunities are expected to open up in the Northern Division with the upgrading of roads by the Fiji Roads Authority.

Known as 'The Road Ahead', the 2013 program will feature the upgrading of roads around the country.

Authority CEO Neil Cook said they also planned to upgrade a few jetties in the North.

"We also have a number of projects to improve jetties in the North which are so very important as the primary link to regional and international markets," he said. "The Buca Bay Rd project is continuing and this project is worth more than $80million in total. The major project for the North in the next few years is the Nabouwalu-Dreketi road."

Mr Cook said the project would cost more than $200m, out of which about $90m would be spent this year. "So, lots of investment in the North and exciting times as the FRA embarks on The Road Ahead — our work program for 2013." The auhority has set aside $1.8m to upgrade farm roads in Koroinasolo (Bua), Nakoso (Cakaudrove), Lagi — Nukusere (Macuata), Namuavoivoi (Bua), Taveuni (farm access roads), Sevaci — Korotasere (Cakaudrove).

Mr Cook said further general maintenance in the North would cost about $25m of which the most would be spent on rural roads.