THE Fiji Roads Authority is programmed to spend approximately $25million per annum on road and bridge maintenance in the North each year.
Authority network maintenance manager Adam Jackson said the funds would cover works such as pothole patching, road rehabilitation, resealing, gravel road re-sheeting, road marking, grass cutting, drainage and safety improvements.
Mr Jackson said this annual figure excluded the large capital work projects such as bridge replacements, and the Buca Bay Rd and Nabouwalu Rd seal extensions. When asked about the time frame for such maintenance works, Mr Jackson said road maintenance works were never complete.
"FRA is committed to ensuring that all roads in the North are maintained consistently to the required standards," he said.
"This requires a strategic approach to maintenance through regular inspections and appropriate work programing.
"Maintenance works has been undertaken throughout the Northern Division on urban and rural roads." Mr Jackson said the work would range from drainage improvements and pothole repair work to structural pavement repairs on Hospital Rd and Transinsular Rd in Savusavu and on Labasa's Salusalu and Rosawa streets. "The rehabilitation works currently being undertaken in Labasa will continue on other roads in the North.
"Programmed works in and around Savusavu township in the coming months include Mispha Ave, Savudrodro Rd and Lesiaceva Rd. However, works will not be limited to the areas mentioned as we attempt to maintain other roads in the area," Mr Jackson clarified yesterday.