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ICI admits roads now in worse state

Thursday April 12, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Massive downpours in recent weeks have caused problems for ICI staff at water intakes and on the roads around Rarotonga. 18041116 Massive downpours in recent weeks have caused problems for ICI staff at water intakes and on the roads around Rarotonga. 18041116

The state of Rarotonga’s roads has deteriorated further following this week’s heavy downpours.

Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) road works division manager Vaipo Mataora said road conditions around the island had “gone worse,” as a result of flash flooding caused by the heavy rain.

He said they could only begin working repairing the roads once the weather cleared up.

“We can’t do much at the moment. There is no use fixing the road in this kind of weather. It’s a waste of time because a heavy rain will wash all the hard work away,” Mataora said.

“There are more potholes around the island and we can only attend to them once the weather clears up.”

Mataora said ICI staff had covered some of the deeper potholes, especially along the back road. 

“This is not a permanent fix, just temporary to ensure there is some relief for road users. We will start working on a permanent fix when the weather clears up, which we hope will be by next week.”

Last weekend a massive pothole hidden under water caused an accident in Titikaveka.

A foreign worker was lucky to escape serious injury when he was thrown off his motorbike after it hit the pothole, just past the entrance to Titikaveka College.

ICI staff placed cones around the pothole to warn motorists of the danger.