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Access To Popular Korovatu Picnic Site Improved

Access To Popular Korovatu Picnic Site Improved
Fulton Hogan Hiways North crew working on Korovatu Road
May 09
11:05 2018

Re-grading and metalling works along the Korovatu Road, which runs off the main Labasa-Wainikoro Highway, has been completed.

Korovatu Road, 10 kilometres from Labasa town, had been used for many years by the residents of Labasa frequenting the popular Korovatu picnic site, recently rated by the global travel site Lonely Planet as one of the Northern Divisions “little-known secrets”.

Fulton Hogan Hiways, together with its Northern based sub-contractors, also re­placed damaged culverts, removing high road shoulders and improving drainage along the flatlands prone to sudden flash floods from heavy rains.

“We are metalling this Korovatu Road by us­ing AB65 millimetre material, which should also withstand the usual traffic common to farming areas such as school buses, farming tractors, and four-wheel drives,” said Labasa Supervisor Pauliasi Qalo.

He added this also involved spot metalling works with the aid of a grader, a 10-tonne roll­er, and a water truck to soften up the tough surface and also to keep the dust down.

“The first phase started with a 0.8-kilome­tre stretch before we moved on to this second part, which will see us completing close to five kilometres altogether,” said Mr Qalo.

Over 200 cane and rice farming residents, and their school children depend on this road daily.

Long-serving Korovatu Advisory Councillor, Rishi Chand, praised the proactive approach by FHH and its North sub-contractors, under the supervision of the Fiji Roads Authority. He said: “Before we had to wait for a long time to get our roads fixed but now, they come every few months to assess the road and then work on the areas that needed attention.

“And they kept doing that regularly not just here, but everywhere else.”

Source: Fulton Hogan Hiways

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