Secretary of Infrastructure Cook Islands ( ICI), Mac Mokoroa says contracts for completing the projects have already been signed with Triad Construction and Des Eggelton will manage the work.
The main contract involves extending the asphaltic concrete road surfacing from the airport entrance and the Islander Hotel through the Avatiu and Avarua town areas and up as far as Tupapa Maraerenga.
The smooth-surfaced roading upgrade will also extend along St Josephs Road through to Nukutere College and along past Te Atakura and the Telecom building, meeting up with the main road by the CITC shopping centre.
Involving 5km including carparking areas and the double carriageway along Maire Nui Drive, the project will cost $4.98 million.
The second contract is for upgrading and resealing of the roadway from the Post Office along Takuvaine Road to the Avatiu turnoff and back to the intersection with the main road opposite the entrance to the Avatiu Port. It involves about 2.6km of road and will cost $1.53 million.
The contracts will run concurrently over a 24 week period and follow on from the ‘Project City’ water upgrades recently completed in the area.
Mokoroa says some drainage and preliminary works will start early in the New Year and will be followed by more major activity later in January.
“Some disruptions to the travelling public will be inevitable, but road closures will be kept to a minimum and publicly notified ahead of time,” he says.
“The community and country can look to an improved roading system in these areas, with long term benefits.
“All that is asked is patience and understanding from the public during the work activity.”