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Road Humps For Safer Roads

Road Humps For Safer Roads
Road humps being constructed at Nasautoka Village.
June 10
11:40 2015

While there is often frustration by motorists at the inconvenience of road humps, their importance to a village is significant, says Nausautoka Village headman Mesake Naivukula.

Nausautoka is ten kilometres past Korovou towards Rakiraki.

Mr Naivukula was commenting on the construction of new road humps by Fulton Hogan Hiways (FHHJV) in his village.

“Without the humps, drivers continued to speed through our village, often overtaking other cars,” he said.

“It was so bad that we had forbidden our children from playing near the road and only allowing them to cross with adult supervision.

“That’s all changed now, with the road humps, our village and our children are safer.  We are grateful to Fulton Hogan Hiways for their effort.”

In addition to Nausautoka, Fulton Hogan Hiways is constructing road humps in eight other villages along Kings Road.

FHHJV general manager Bill Caradus said the road humps being constructed are from a design known as a “Watts” profile created by an English engineer in the past century.

This is to slow or “calm” the speed of vehicles through villages.

Fulton Hogan Hiways is working closely with the Fiji Road Authority to make the villages and communities from passing vehicles.

Fiji Roads Authority chief executive, Neil Cook, said he has changed his stance as far as road humps were concerned when looking back at the time when he arrived in Fiji.

Initially when he took up the role, he believed there should not be any road humps in the country.

But now, looking at the over-speeding on our roads, Mr Cook said road humps were better solution to keep the villagers safe.

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