Road sealing; One step in a series of improvements to Port Vila roads

Road sealing began in January under the Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP) — Photo from PVUDP February Progress Report

By Jonas Cullwick

Urban Roads and Drainage Phase 1 contractor, RMS, and sub-contractor Downer, began road sealing in January under the Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP). The project will seal 13 km of Port Vila roads with a double coat of rubberized bitumen seal (hot tar).

This waterproof coating is just one step in a series of improvements to Port Vila roads. Road potholes were filled prior to the sealing activity.

According to the February Issue, the latest issue of the PVUDP Progress Report, once sealing works are complete the roads will be tested for several months to address any faults (cracks or potholes) that may develop.

“During this same period the contractor will continue with drainage works and kerb and footpath. Once these are complete, there will be 40 mm of asphalt applied to 7km of the road network,” the report states.

A major achievement to Port Vila infrastructure has been brought about by the Department of Lands working with PVUDP surveyors, the PVUDP February 2017 progress report continues. The Department of Lands has installed 24 new Permanent Survey Markers (PSMs).

“These are major reference points that provide long-term, accurate information, which will enable all future projects and local surveyors to confidently connect to accurate survey marks from Tagabe roundabout through to Wharf road roundabout along the scope of the PVUDP road network.

“This process involved static surveys using a GPS receiver to set horizontal levels with data from multiple satellites. Precise leveling equipment was employed to set vertical heights, achieving a sub 10 mm accuracy. This is a significant improvement from previous survey marks.”

Carol Dover, Gender and Community Participation Specialist with the Design, Supervision and Capacity Building Team of the PVUDP at the Vanuatu Project Management Unit says as works progress they will continue to send out information in an effort to keep the public, private and service sectors up to date and informed

The Government of Vanuatu in Partnership with the Australian Government and Asian Development Bank (ADB) are funding the Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP) as one of the major investments in the nation’s capital. PVUDP will contribute to sustainable urban development in Port Vila through improved road, drainage, sanitation infrastructure and services. The project duration is from February 2013 to December 2018.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: Cell # 678 5460922

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