THERE has been a general lack of skills in Fiji, a challenge that has been faced by the Fiji Roads Authority.
FRA road management consultant Mike Rudge said there would be a lot of training needed for their six-year project that was in progress in the country.
"We are going from an industry that is capable of delivering $120million (worth) of work to $400million," Mr Rudge said.
"The whole industry including gravel supply and contractors all need to gear up for that. That is why it has taken a little bit of time this year for that to happen."
He said they had set some targets on the kilometres of roads to be re-sealed and reconstructed this year.
He said although a lot of roads in Fiji were in poor conditions, they were on target and were working hard so people could witness some improvements.
"Realistically, it's five to six years of work and the problem is to get things in position but I can assure the people that we're going to make a difference."
Mr Rudge said this year they would seal 100 kilometres of roads that would leave them with 900 more kilometres yet to be sealed.
He said they were pleased with the ability to bring in some new technology, which meant they could actually do roadworks in the central business districts quickly with less distractions to businesses.
He said in Fiji, water mains and tanks were very close to the surface and this was why there was a lot of burst water mains.
Mr Rudge said this could also be addressed if there were less overloaded vehicles on our roads.