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Dawasamu Road Strengthened To Withstand Heavy Vehicles

Major road maintenance work is underway to re­pair 10 kilometres of the 32-kilometre Dawasamu Road. Working under the Fiji Roads Au­thority (FRA), Fulton Hogan Hi­ways is currently providing road maintenance
04 Jan 2019 13:56
Dawasamu Road Strengthened To Withstand Heavy Vehicles
Fulton Hogan Highways crew clearing water tables on the Dawasamu Road Photo: Fulton Hogan Highways

Major road maintenance work is underway to re­pair 10 kilometres of the 32-kilometre Dawasamu Road.

Working under the Fiji Roads Au­thority (FRA), Fulton Hogan Hi­ways is currently providing road maintenance in the Central, East­ern and Northern Divisions.

Dawasamu Road is most impor­tant to farmers as it provides the main access to Korovou Town. It runs from Korovou to the village of Barotu, where it connects with the Kings Road.

It services Queen Victoria School, several settlements and many vil­lages, including Qelekuro, Luvuna­vuaka, Nataleira, Dawasamu, Voro and Natadradave Villages.

The road has been severely dam­aged by heavy and often overloaded vehicles.

It has been in such poor condition that carriers and buses would oc­casionally get stuck and have to be towed out.

Significant work is now in place to strengthen the road against the impact of heavily loaded vehicles.

This includes preparing the road surface, reshaping and forming the road and replacing the uneven sur­faces with compacted gravel.

The work includes grading, as well as spot metalling, drainage and clearing shoulders on the vari­ous damaged sites.

Nataleira villager and Takalana Bay Resort Manager, Ratu Josefa Bau said the new road upgrade would greatly boost access for the people of Dawasamu.

“Local communities now have a better transport options instead of relying solely on buses especially in case of emergencies,” Mr Bau said.

“Before it used to be really hard looking for transportation, some drivers might even refuse to trans­port many of us to our villages be­cause of poor road condition.

“A lot of our community members rely solely on selling agricultural goods in the market and some­times, transportation don’t reach their doorsteps at home because of access.

“Now all that would be nothing but a thing of the past.

“In terms of tourism, since we run and operate small tours and eco tourism resorts, the new road upgrade will greatly boost business to our district, and I must commend and thank Fiji Roads Authority and Fulton Hogan Hiways for the great work and effort.”

Source: Fulton Hogan

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