Utility providers cooperate to ‘Future Proof’ Port Vila roads

Utility conduits being laid under the road

By Jonas Cullwick

UNELCO and TVL are working closely with Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP) to ’future proof’ the roads, by installing shared utility conduits under the road before the asphalt surface is laid.

Organising utility access in this way will safeguard our road assets for the future. Road users can expect to see RMS laying utility conduits as well as drainage pipes across the newly sealed roads.

“Rest assured these locations will be completely bitumen sealed before the 40mm asphalt is applied to 7 km of road surface,” RMS, the contractors of PVUDP promise in the latest update report of the project.

Pedestrian and Traffic Safety

“It is very important that buses, private and corporate vehicles and persons walking on foot remain alert and use caution when in the area of road works. When the Contractor is spraying hot tar, or bitumen the road surface will be extremely hot and can melt shoes and vehicle tyres. Please stay clear of areas where drainage ditches have been dug.

“Please follow the instructions of the traffic controllers, reduce speed and stay clear of all road works.”

Port Vila Urban Development Project outputs: Output 1: The Government has improved the road network and drainage system in greater Port Vila; Output 2: The Government has improved the sanitation system in greater Port Vila; Output 3: Central area and settlement communities use improved hygiene facilities; and Output 4: Government agencies and community and user organizations have the capacity to effectively and efficiently manage sanitation, roads and drainage systems.

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: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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