Road works brings re­lief

Farmer Pranesh Navin­datt said the graded stretch had not been worked on for more than seven years

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Re­lief is how a Tailevu res­i­dent farmer says he feels af­ter a key road he uses daily to con­vey veg­eta­bles to the Nau­sori mar­ket is fi­nally get­ting the at­ten­tion it de­serves. Lo­cated 2.7km south­east off Naqali in Tailevu is Savu Road, which is also an ac­cess route to Muani­weni Col­lege. Ful­ton Ho­gan Hi­ways (FHH) is cur­rently grad­ing three kilo­me­tres of that thor­ough­fare fol­lowed by resheet­ing gravel on the graded sur­face. A roller will then be used to firmly set­tle the gravel. Farmer Pranesh Navin­datt said the graded stretch had not been worked on for more than seven years. Big trucks and rain, he said, had ru­ined the road with pot­holes and loose gravel. “As a farmer it be­came hard for me to take pro­duce to the Nau­sori mar­ket. “On rainy days the road floods and gets re­ally muddy mak­ing it hard for stu­dents trav­el­ling to Muani­weni Col­lege. “I thank the team from Ful­ton Ho­gan

Close to 200 fam­i­lies liv­ing along the up­graded 3km-stretch will also ben­e­fit from the FHH road­work’s.

Hi­ways for see­ing the im­por­tance of this road for our chil­dren and farm­ers,” Mr Navin­datt added.

To ease fu­ture in­ci­dences of wa­ter-clog­ging, the FHH work crew on site is im­prov­ing the road’s drainage. FHH Naqali de­pot su­per­vi­sor, Joe Qere, is adamant that the up­grade will al­le­vi­ate any trav­el­ling dis­tress pre­vi­ously brought on by loose gravel, pot­holes, and over­all dusty and bumpy rides on Savu road.

Close to 200 fam­i­lies liv­ing along the up­graded 3km-stretch will also ben­e­fit from the FHH road­work’s. FHH is work­ing closely with the Fiji Roads Au­thor­ity to pro­vide road main­te­nance for the Cen­tral, East­ern, and North­ern di­vi­sions. Source: Ful­ton Ho­gan Hi­ways

. Photo: Ful­ton Ho­gan Hi­ways

Farmer, Pranesh Navin­datt ex­pressed re­lief when road works started af­ter seven years

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