THE increase in the existing road refurbishment budget allocation by 20 per cent has been viewed as a sign of government's intention to improve infrastructure in the North.
Speaking at the Fairdeal Company Christmas party at the Friendly North Inn, Fulton and Hogan general manager Peter Watts said they were ready to work with local contractors to ensure government's aims were achieved.
During their four years of operation in the North, Mr Watts said, they would produce positive outcomes as they continued discussions with the Fiji Roads Authority.
"We will be working under FRA in order to deliver government's plans regarding the improvement of infrastructure," he said.
"We will only maintain the existing road structure and only that. Our work is to work with local contractors in creating a positive outcome on our roads."
Mr Watts said their focus was towards putting a high performance team together to carry out road maintenance for the North next year. Fairdeal director Pramod Kumar labelled 2013 as a tough year for them as subcontractors.
"We are, however, happy that our road maintenance projects were successful," he said.
"We are ready to work with Fulton and Hogan next year since they took over from Blacktop after they had gone into receivership."