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Old Kings Rd Being Restored, Upgraded

For the past 10 years, dairy farmer Samuela Waqanivalu had to endure the old Kings Road, filled with potholes, overgrown grass, no drainage, and often flooding when it rains.  He
20 May 2016 10:42
Old Kings Rd Being Restored, Upgraded
Fiji Roads Authority, Fulton Hogan Hiways

For the past 10 years, dairy farmer Samuela Waqanivalu had to endure the old Kings Road, filled with potholes, overgrown grass, no drainage, and often flooding when it rains.  He described it as more of a cow’s path than a road.

The two-kilometre road is an offshoot of the Kings Road out of Korovou Town.  It was discontinued as the national highway when the new Kings Road was introduced a decade ago.

“When it flooded no vehicles could use it and as a dairy farmer I needed to get my milk to the collection truck.  It meant that I had to often walk more than 800 metres to the collection point with my milk and it was just as bad for the vegetable and other dairy farmers that live along it, not to mention the school children,” said Mr Waqanivalu

Fulton Hogan Hiways’ Korovou supervisor Ulaiasi Bolalailai revealed that changes would take place soon.

His crew of six are presently completing the upgrading of the road including widening it by five metres, clearing drainage, removing high shoulders and graveling its length.

“Seeing the road repaired after so many years is a big relief to everyone who lives along it.  Fulton Hogan Hiways has been very helpful in making it better for all of us,” Mr Waqanivalu said.

Working with the Fiji Roads Authority, Fulton Hogan Hiways continues to service the road network in the Central, Northern and Eastern divisions.

Source: Fulton Hogan Hiways

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