This asset management programme aims to maximise the service life of Rarotonga’s existing bridges and structures on the road network, improving the service levels and safety provided by these assets, as well as reducing their life-cycle costs.
“The works will include the structural repair and general maintenance of seven bridges and culvert structures,” said ICI engineer Gareth Clayton.
“These have been prioritised based on a structural condition assessment conducted in conjunction with Wellington Council engineers and Local Government New Zealand.”
The Rarotonga Bridge and Structures Maintenance contract was awarded to Landholdings Ltd, with the company commencing works at the Taipara Bridge and Kent Hall Box Culvert.
During these structural repair and maintenance works, disruptions to the public’s travel can be expected.
“Temporary speed restrictions and lane closures will be put in place,” said Clayton. “Road closures and detours will be advised if required during the construction works.
“ICI and the contractor will work to limit the impact on the public as far as practicable and appreciate the public’s understanding as these works are completed.”
ICI Secretary Ngametua Pokino said the bridge and structures maintenance contract was part of “wider Rarotonga road improvements resulting from the government’s investment in road infrastructure in Rarotonga”.
The repair and maintenance of these structures will facilitate further road improvements to enable a return to a more robust and resilient road network for Rarotonga.
This project contributes towards Outcome 3 of the ICI Strategic Plan, “sustainable infrastructure”, and Strategic Goal 3.2, “access for all to reliable transport” through the Output of ensuring that “all public roads in the Cook Islands are fully trafficable”.
The contracting out of these structural repair and maintenance works to the private sector is consistent with the National Roads and Drainage Policy, and Landholdings Ltd has a long history of construction in the Cook Islands.
ICI looks forward to the successful implementation of this project.