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Major repair works on Nausori Highland Road to start soon

Major repair works on the Nausori Highland Road is expected to roll out soon. The Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer Jonathan Moore said the repair works were part of
23 Jan 2018 11:00
Major repair works on Nausori Highland Road to start soon
Nausori Highland Road which is expected to be undergo major repair works by the Fiji Roads Authority soon. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

Major repair works on the Nausori Highland Road is expected to roll out soon.

The Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer Jonathan Moore said the repair works were part of their rural road schemes.

“Nausori Highland Road is one of the major activities that we have started in this year’s budget and we will carry it through to next year as well,” Mr Moore said.

Mr Moore also said roads to settlements and villages needed fixing.

He added there was a bridge on Nausori Highland Road that was washed away in 2008 and since then it had been repaired many times with layers and layers of repair on top of each other.

Mr Moore said they needed to build bridges and crossings which were more sustainable.

The Fiji Roads Authority, he said, was looking for permanent solutions to fixing roads, bridges and crossings in the Nausori Highland Road.

Mr Moore said it would take a week to conduct a survey on specific locations that needed repair work on crossings and bridges.

“We don’t want to do major road works in the urban areas only, we want to get into the interior as well. There is a lot of poor roads that needs to be made better in the rural areas, there are people coming in from the rural areas into our towns,” he said.

Next year, Mr Moore said they would be also focusing on putting emphasis on local schemes and getting people into main roads efficiently.

Farzana Ali, 45, who had been living along Nausori Highland Road for more than seven years thanked the Government for working hard in improving the road conditions.

“It is good to see that FRA is fixing our roads because this is a problem we have been facing from the previous years,” she said.

Another resident, Nilesh Narayan, 39, said travelling on dusty and gravel roads was one of the challenges that nearby settlements faced.

Mr Moore said they would also look at repairing crossings in Ba that had been washed away or ones that have been underwater.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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