Road Sealing Project - Aitutaki

28 February 2017

Road Sealing Project - Aitutaki

The Ministry of Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) Planning and Design and Civil Works Divisions are preparing for the Aitutaki Road Sealing Project that will see the resealing of twenty kilometres of existing roads and sealing of six kilometres of new roads on the island. Capacity constraints within the Island Government have led to ICI being requested take full responsibility for this project.

As ICI does not have a permanent presence on the island, the Ministry has recruited Aitutaki local Tiraa Arere as a dedicated Project Manager to manage the work.  Arere will oversee the day to day management of the project including monitoring and reporting and assist the project engineer and other Planning and Design staff in other functions such as documentation and funding disbursements. The work will be undertaken by a core team from ICIs Civil Works Division, utilising ICIs existing bitumen truck and machinery and working alongside the Aitutaki Island Government.

“We have been wanting to carry out this project since November 2016 and we are relieved that it is now going to happen” says Director of Planning and Design Tenga Mana. “Having a dedicated Project Manager for such a large project takes the weight off the existing staff to be able to spend more time focusing on the other many projects that the Ministry has in the pipeline” adds Mana.

A new bitumen truck is currently being fabricated in New Zealand for the Civil Works Division of ICI.  This purchase will enable the Ministry to carry out road maintenance on Rarotonga concurrently with similar work in the Pa Enua, as well as being available for hire to the private sector contractors when necessary.  “It is consistent with ICIs Roads and Road Drainage Policy, which was publically consulted on in January 2017 for ICI and the private sector to cooperate in infrastructural development by hiring specialised equipment to and from the private sector depending on availability” says Civil Works Director Vaipo Mataora. 

The roading project is due to be completed mid-year 2017 with handover to the asset owner, the Aitutaki Island Government.