THE Fiji Roads Authority is looking at companies on Vanua Levu to be sub-contracted when a new major contractor is awarded to handle the northern roads.
FRA CEO Neil Cook said although they had not reached a decision, consideration to companies in the North had been allowed.
His comment follows concerns raised by a Bua chief, Ratu Orisi Baleitavea, on whether any local companies in the north would be contracted for roadworks.
Ratu Orisi said roads had been left unattended after Blacktop went into receivership.
But Mr Cook said FRA had attended to roadworks with the available resources they had.
He said companies in the North were also being considered for roadworks.
"We are certainly looking into that and see supplies in the North as we work on solutions and moving forward," he said.
"While considering the companies in the North that can do roadworks, we have seen that there is no single company that can take the overall contracted job.
"So even if another company comes in to take over roadworks in the North, we will still sub-contract companies in the North.
"This way, the sub-contracting companies can develop their abilities over a period of years and manage supply chains and multiple projects.
"At this stage, no decision has been made about the road contract in the North.
"We are still working on processes that needed to be done first before a decision is made."