The condition of the roads from Smet Junction to Tagabe and on to Bauerfield Airport is always a critical section of the road network in Port Vila because it is the key link for Vanuatu’s visitors to the heart of the Government.
Currently it badly needs to be repaired.
While the Government is already looking into asphalting the road to standardise all roads in the Capital in line with the completed Urban Road and Drainage Phase 1 (URD1), under the Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP), medium term solutions are being sought by the Government.
As such, road users can expect disruptions to traffic on this particular stretch of the road starting today, Friday 11th of January 2019.
Minister of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Christophe Emelee has issued instructions for the section of the road to be prioritised.
Director General (DG) for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities (MIPU) Harrison Toar Luen, is engaging the services of CCECC to mill and resurface the road – similar to the treatment they provided for some of the roads leading to Teouma and Rentapau.
DG Harrison said the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) will be using a road stabilizing machine that is being used along the Teouma Road, which allows for a faster and efficient approach to maintaining sealed urban roads.
The Government wishes to acknowledge CCECC for their willingness to work for free together with PWD and MIPU in addressing the roads.
Road users will expect some disturbance to traffic flow and at times expect to be diverted through gravel roads to allow for works to proceed uninterrupted.
Works will happen over night and day and targeted to be completed before the middle of next week to ensure minimum disruption to road users and businesses.
“We ask that the public bear with the contractors as they fix this section of the road,” said DG Luen.