THE Fiji Roads Authority will need to carry out further assessments in the construction of a bypass road in Labasa Town.
Authority CEO Neil Cook said early assessments showed that a bypass in town would be economically viable.
"It would also provide significant environmental, social and economic benefits for Labasa residents and in fact, with all residents in the North, through improved travel in one of the most populated towns on the island," Mr Cook said.
"We continue to work with key stakeholders such as transport operators and the office of the Commissioner Northern to identify priority repair locations.
"We recently held an industry forum to discuss supply of gravel for the road sector."
Mr Cook said the forum was well received and the challenge was to convert the good intentions into action.
"Our suppliers in the North are producing sufficient quantities of gravel at the required quality to meet our needs.
"This has been an issue in the past but we are confident that if we can do our bit to ensure confidence in the market, the supplier will respond and produce the right materials in the right quantities.
"The project is earmarked to begin next year and it will greatly benefit the town of Labasa."