SIGNIFICANT upgrading and widening work will be carried out on roads around Nadi and Nausori international airports in a project worth about $200million.
Fiji Roads Authority Nadi and Suva upgrade project program manager Zaina Khan said design consultants had been working on the project for 18 months.
"The planned work will reduce congestion on our roads and improve travel times for communities and commuters," Ms Khan said.
"Better roads and improved street lighting, footpaths and road drainage will undoubtedly make the roads safer for drivers and pedestrians.
"What's more, this key project will bring a boost to Fiji's economy by improving access from the international airports to adjacent cities and nearby areas.
"It will enable more economic development such as shops, houses and amenities along highways. It will significantly enhance the first experiences for tourists to Fiji."
In Nadi, the project will involve improvements to 12 kilometres of road, including 3.3km of new road, and work in Suva will upgrade 9kms of road.
Ms Khan said preparation work recently started in Nadi on part of the planned new road; and the four-lane upgrade on the Queens Rd near to the airport was being prepared for tender.
Preparation work has also begun to upgrade the existing two-lane road near the airport. Ms Khan said residents did not need to relocate their homes.