Tar sealing of the 30km road from Whitegrass through Lenakel to Green Point on Tanna is expected to begin soon this year.
Preparation works of the base course have begun initially on a 250-metre part of the road commencing from the starting point at Whitegrass Airport.
Base course, the final layer of gravel before the surface is laid was applied at a depth of 200mm and will be compacted to 150mm.
The China Civil Engineering Construction Cooperation (CCECC), the Chinese company constructing the road, will be applying sealing grit on the 250m road as a trial before final surfacing on the pavement takes place.
Earlier this year, the company reported that most of the excavation works have been completed from Whitegrass to Green Point in the south.
Sixty-nine structures were expected to be constructed including 64 culverts.
The Daily Post understands that tar-sealing that was supposed to be done earlier has been delayed due to the late arrival of a sealing equipment.
Meanwhile, paving on the 250m road trial is scheduled next week but could be delayed if it rains, according to the CCECC Material Engineer, Karl Lauu .
This China funded Tanna road rehabilitation and construction project started in 2015 and will take up to five years to complete.
The Minister of Infrastructure, Jotham Napat, has been instructed to negotiate for the project’s second phase.