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Bumpy ride continues in Avarua

Tuesday July 08, 2014 Written by Published in Local
Motorists are having to put up with an increasingly rough ride through Avarua as a result of delays to Project City 3. 14070727 Motorists are having to put up with an increasingly rough ride through Avarua as a result of delays to Project City 3. 14070727

Construction on the main road that would have provided a smooth ride for motorists travelling from the airport to Tupapa appears to be nowhere in sight.

It has been three months since Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) issued an invitation to interested contractors to submit tenders for Project City 3, which includes the resurfacing of the road network in areas from Panama - through Avarua - to Tupapa.

At the time, an official with Infrastructure Cook Islands said he expected a winning bid to be announced in March, with a possible construction start-date in late April. At least two tenders were said to have been received by ICI from interested parties.

To date, no work appears to have commenced on the project, and repeated emails and phone calls to officials at ICI have been ignored.

The Government’s 2013-14 Budget specifically allocated $5 million for Project City 3.

The work was to follow Project City 2 – A $2.5 million project funded by the Asian Development Bank which included the upgrade of water distribution infrastructure for a new network spanning 25 kilometres of road in the town area.

Also included in the work was the trenching and laying of trunk mains, sub mains and branch mains, with new power cables installed by Te Aponga Uira.

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