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Monday 7 August 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Economy, National
Member of Parliament for Ngatangiia, Tukaka Ama is pleased to see the widening and resealing of the main road in his constituency finally being started. MELINA ETCHES /23080422
Works have started
on the stretch of main road from Avana to Muri which is being widened to about
1.5 metres on each side.
The upgrade is
expected to alleviate traffic congestion and enhance safety for residents and
Parliament (MP) for Ngatangiia, Tukaka Ama said: “I’m excited, and I’m sure our
community and all the road users will be pleased as well to see this project
finally get started.”
“I’m sure this has
got to be the narrowest piece of road on the island.
“This has been an
ongoing issue for a very long time.”
Ama believes the
delay in fixing this particular road area was due to funding issues and the
“I’m happy to see
that finally it is now moving along and getting done to address the road safety
Ama met with the
individual landowners and is “very appreciative” to them for coming on board
with the project.
have been supportive and cooperative about the widening of the road and are
quite happy hence why this project is moving along quite well.”
Hedges have been
removed to allow for a designated pathway for pedestrians and the culverts will
also involve some work.
Ltd commenced the road improvement work over a week ago. It will continue
through to Parengaru and is expected to take four to five months, weather
permitting, to complete.
Since there is no
ara metua (back road) for motorists to use as a detour, there will be single
lane operations for commuters from time to time and minor delays.
The first stage involves
digging across road to lay the service lines (Te Aponga Uira, To Tatou Vai and
Vodafone Cook Islands), up to the laundromat in Muri.
Ama said once the
utility lines are completed, works will then move back to Avana to start the mulching
and resurfacing the road with chip seal.
“I would like to
thank the people of Ngatangiia for their patience.
“I’m sure that we
and all the road users can appreciate that this work being done will benefit
everyone and make our road safer.”
Ama said there are
other areas of concern in Muri, including the drainage problems, and there are
plans to address them.
Work on the
Turangi valley roads have been done, and the Avana valley roads will also be
Ama would like to thank
the Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) Minister Albert Nicholas for his support
in addressing Ngatangiia’s longstanding road issue.
Road users are
asked to be mindful and prepare for delays when driving along this area, as
there is nowhere else to direct traffic.