Print this page

Road marking gets underway

Friday December 21, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Marking the road calls for plenty of measuring. The team was heading towards the airport when this photo was taken yesterday. 18122007 Marking the road calls for plenty of measuring. The team was heading towards the airport when this photo was taken yesterday. 18122007

The unavailability of the right equipment has caused delays with the road marking project on Rarotonga, and now the ICI road works team is busy making up for lost time.

 

Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) road works division manager Vaipo Mataora said the machine us  ed for road marking had been in Aitutaki and arrived in Rarotonga last weekend.

He said his team started working on the project early yesterday, recoating the faded road markings along the main road.

“The team started working on this project at 4am and we will continue throughout this week and probably during the weekend, until the whole island is finished,” Mataora said.

“We are primarily looking at main centres which are busy, such as the town area and Muri night market as well as other areas where the road marking is needed.”

Earlier this week, Cook Islands Road Safety Council president Brent Fisher said faded road marking in some areas posed potential risks for motorists.

“The condition of our roads is very dangerous; there is loose gravel on the corners, no road markers and no centre line,” Fisher said.

“The government has failed miserably to improve the standard of our roads and you have to drive with extra caution to avoid any mishap.”

Mataora said they were also in the process of fixing potholes caused by torrential rain last week.

He repeated that the main road around Rarotonga needed resealing, adding that a “quick fix” was not the permanent solution for the ailing road conditions on the island.

Major sections of the main road were last resealed more than 20 years ago, Mataora said