Tuavera wants hot mix road in Muri

Wednesday March 07, 2018 Written by Published in Local
The road is so narrow in parts of busy Muri that pedestrians are forced to walk on the road, putting themselves in danger. The road is set for improvements, but Ngatangiia MP Tamaiva Tavera wants the government to use only hot mix asphalt. 18030606 The road is so narrow in parts of busy Muri that pedestrians are forced to walk on the road, putting themselves in danger. The road is set for improvements, but Ngatangiia MP Tamaiva Tavera wants the government to use only hot mix asphalt. 18030606

Concerns have been raised regarding Infrastructure Cook Islands’ plan to use two coat chip seal for pavement surfacing in the Rarotonga Road Improvement Project.

Ngatangiia MP Tamaiva Tuavera says he wants the government to come clean on their proposed plans.

He also asked for hot mix asphalt pavement to be used on the road in his constituency.

“I hope they are not doing this for the benefit of a certain private company on the island who has bought all their machines for chip seal, because there is already another private company who has in machines for hot mix,” Tuavera said

Chip seal is a pavement surface treatment that combines one or more layers of asphalt with one or more layers of fine aggregate. It is considered a cheaper option than hot mix pavement.

“I want my road to look like the road going up to the valley in Takuvaine and the valley in Avatiu,” Tuavera said. “Tourists don’t travel up and down that road; the road in Muri is travelled on the most.”

“You are looking at over 100,000 tourists coming through there and every tourist goes through Muri like 20 times in seven days on Rarotonga.

“I want the hot mix and I know all the MPs on the island of Rarotonga are going to ask for hot mix (to be used on the roads in their constituencies), not chip seal.”

Tuavera added he had heard rumours that ICI was going to lay only three kilometres of hot mix in each village.

“If that is true then they should talk to us first on where we want our 3km of hot mix. For Ngatangiia, it has to be Muri because that is where our golden egg is.”

Asked for a response on Tuavera’s comments, ICI secretary Ngametua Pokino simply said, “Honourable Tuavera is entitled to his own opinion”.

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