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$62m roadworks bill

Luke Rawalai
Monday, March 24, 2014

THE total national allocation for road maintenance this year stands at $74million while $88m will be diverted towards total road renewal, taking the overall cost of road works to $162m.

Fiji Roads Authority CEO Neil Cook said approximately $30m may be spent on general road maintenance in the North, not accounting for new roads and bridges.

Mr Cook said the road network in Vanua Levu was very fragile that a little rain could damage unsealed roads.

"If we build roads and good pavements that can withstand our local rain patterns, we can solve the problem," he said.

"It might take around $100,000 to rebuild one kilometre of unsealed road properly, which will involve the widening of roads, with sealing of a depth of 200mm of gravel and proper drainage.

"We are talking about 3000kilometres of unsealed roads in the North, including farms roads and other minor roads.

"About 1600km of main roads exist in the North and out of this, roughly 200km are sealed and we are carrying out a road maintenance program gradually," said Mr Cook.

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