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Bumpy ride no more?

Thursday September 18, 2014 Written by Published in Local
The final stage of Project City is underway once again with a tender being advertised for road resurfacing work. Earlier work involved the replacement of pipes for Avarua’s water supply. 14091706 The final stage of Project City is underway once again with a tender being advertised for road resurfacing work. Earlier work involved the replacement of pipes for Avarua’s water supply. 14091706

Local motorists have been down this road before, but it looks like a project to provide a smooth drive through town may finally be getting off the ground.

Infrastructure Cook Islands is currently advertising a request for tenders for Project City 3 – a $5 million initiative that includes plans to resurface the main road network from Panama to Tupapa.
Two contracts are currently up for grabs: asphalt road surfacing and chip seal road surfacing.
Tenders close September 26.
The project is now picking up after a series of delays that have stalled construction for nearly half a year.
In April, ICI issued an invitation to interested contractors to submit tenders for the project. At the time, a ministry official said two tenders had been received; however, no winning tender was announced.
The project was set to go to tender again, but was again stalled due to unforeseen issues with Rarotonga’s aged water reticulation system.
At the time, ICI Secretary Mac Mokoroa said construction was put on “hold” due to galvanised pipes located underground, which should have been decommissioned but were still full of water.
“The problem is if we carry out the sealing, these old pipes are prone to break any time ... and  it will be a costly exercise for us not only to shut these old pipes down but as well as to reseal those pieces of road if we continue,” Mokoroa wrote in an email at the time.
Additional delays were caused by the ongoing design and planning of the five kilometre road upgrade, which is being handled by ICI staff who are also working on the $60 million Te Mato Vai water project.
A construction start-date has not been set.
The Government’s 2013-14 budget specifically allocated $5 million for Project City 3, which Mokora said will now be incorporated into the 2014-15 budget.

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