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FRA fills 158,000 potholes

Torika Chandra
Friday, August 01, 2014

THE Fiji Roads Authority have filled over 158,000 potholes and installed 2215 metres of new culvert pipes since January of this year, confirms CEO Neil Cook.

Mr Cook revealed that from January to June this year, progress included grading 7818 kilometres of unsealed roads, cleaning of 104km of water tables, 2270km of line markings, 11km of road reconstruction and 61km of road resealed.

"At the end of June, we are slightly below where we wanted to be, where we thought we might be in terms of expenditure, primarily due to progress to some of our large contracts or any construction contract really," Mr Cook said.

"Once the contracts awarded, it's really in the hands of the contractor as to how quickly they get through the work."

He confirmed that at the end of June, FRA has spent up to $200million — 89 per cent of the amount they had budgeted to spend by June this year.

Mr Cook said one of the challenges they faced was with the supply chain.

"While the material market is improving, it's the combination of the supply industry itself, particularly with gravel aggregates for road construction.

"This is a particular problem in the North, just getting through the processing of the regulatory approvals to extract gravels has been quite a challenge for us.

"We, hopefully, are through the worst of it now and we can start to see an increase in production."

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