Road upgrade to ease travel woes for villagers

ACCESSIBILITY is key particularly for farmers in rural and remote areas to get their produce to markets in main trading centres and towns.

But for farmers in Sovusovu Village in the interior of Rakiraki, poor road conditions had been the daunting reality which meant they had to use horses to get their produce to the market.

The issue of poor road conditions is soon to be a thing of the past after the Fulton Hogan Hiways will complete work on the upgrade of the 5km Sovusovu Rd.

The Sovusovu Turaga ni Yavusa, Kameli Rakavono said, for 40 years, the people had lived with poor road conditions.

“Before the upgrading road work began, the road was inaccessible and when it rained the road would be impassable with large potholes filled with water and the surface so muddy that even horses could not use it,” he said.

“Even though they are still upgrading the road, carriers are starting to access the road.

“Also, the people who buy dalo are already coming in to get it weighed on the side of the road instead of us travelling to Korovou market,” Mr Rakavono said.

Meanwhile FHH Korovou Depot supervisor Suliasi Lesianavanua said the FHH work crews had removed high shoulders along the road, cleared drainage and are about to install proper culverts. The road will then be graveled and compacted with a roller.

“This will provide better, safer access to markets, schools and other facilities for the farmers and their families,” said Mr Lesianavanua.

Sovusovu Rd runs off Buca Levu Rd along the Kings Rd to the village, home to more than 100 residents, approximately 45km North of Korovou.

A statement from the company said FHH working under the Fiji Roads Authority to improve road access across the Central, Eastern and Northern divisions, was contracted to upgrade the 5km Sovusovu Rd.

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