On Wednesday night Infrastructure Cook Islands held a consultation meeting on the programme with the public, with those attending mainly comprising the owners of roadside properties and the operators of roadside businesses
The meeting was held to present concept plans addressing problems with the road identified in the October 2017 consultation including safety, accessibility (for elderly and disabled), drainage, cultural values and other issues along the road corridor.
In a statement on its Facebook page, Infrastructure Cook Islands said safety was paramount in achieving the project.
“The public, especially roadside landowners and roadside business owners are asked to provide feedback by the end of August 2018 to enable further work to the concept plans,” ICI said.
“The doors at ICI are always open and we welcome anyone to come in to seek further information.
“We will also be posting information on the ICI website very soon and will let everyone know when the information is posted. Further community consultation will be conducted over the coming months for concept plan refinement.”
In a statement last week, ICI said the concept master planning works to identify options for the development of Muri Village area had been completed.
The concept master planning options extend from the Avana Bridge to the Nautilus Resort in Muri and would be subject to community Have a say on Muri roadand wider consultations, ICI said.
ICI engineer Clayton earlier said the plan would be coordinated with the proposed longer term development of Muri.
The start date of the first stage of the project, to widen the road and remove obstructions, would depend on the outcome of the community consultations and landowner approvals, Clayton added.
ICI secretary Ngametua Pokino said the improvement of roading in Muri would provide “robust and resilient roading assets” which would assist with the continued social and economic growth of Rarotonga and the Cook Islands.