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Machines for island roads

Torika Chandra
Friday, August 22, 2014

ROTUMA and Kadavu will soon receive backhoe machines, which are expected to increase efficiency and productivity in road developments.

The backhoe machines, a piece of excavating equipment, were secured by the Fiji Roads Authority from Carptrac.

"The backhoe will be very helpful with the drainage and site work, especially the resheeting work and the loading of sand," Rotuma Depot leading hand Brian Kiare said.

FRA maintenance works manager Dale Nicholls said the backhoes would greatly assist in reopening roads within a few days.

"It's greatly improving the reliability and accessibility for the residents on these islands," Mr Nicholls said.

"Currently, after heavy rain, slips occur blocking roads that are beyond the ability of the resources available on these two islands.

"However, with these machines, the depot teams on the island will be able to undertake heavier drainage maintenance and clearing than is currently possible."

FRA invested $319,665 on the two backhoes.

"This tender, Carptrac outbid two other tenderers and in particular the machine they quoted on, the Caterpillar 422E, offered a high level of operator comfort and satisfied all of FRA's requirement; in addition to their keen pricing on a recognised and established brand," Mr Nicholls said.








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