Road-Works Substantially Completed as Final Sealing is
Achieved Ahead of Compact End Date!
This week all the Second Coat seal work was completed on Efate. In particular the sealing crew finished
all seal work between Eton Village and the end of the Japanese Road.
The short lengths of pavement at Dry Creek and the base of Klehm’s Hill have also been sealed. The
sealing crew will now work on finishing off access-ways and driveways, and other small tidy up tasks.
Some additional work is being done on Klehm’s Hill that requires traffic to be restricted to one lane. Work
to protect the abutments of the Ulei Bridge from scour damage during floods is now complete.
Now the sealing is complete, the road will be pavement marked between Eton and Rentapao.
The Maintenance Contracts between PWD and Communities along the Efate Ring Road are progressing.
The grass planting continues from La Cressonniere towards Pang Pang.
All the major work, including sealing, has now been completed on the Santo East Coast Road and
Downer personnel are in the process of carrying out some minor finishing off work and packing up to
leave Santo.There is a twelve months Defects Notification Period associated with the Contract and a small crew will be
on hand to carry out periodic inspections and deal with any work that may arise for which Downer is
responsible. The responsibility for routine maintenance of the finished road will be transferred to PWD,
working with MCA-V as the Employer until all contract obligations are completed.
Downer would like to thank all the people on Santo who have contributed to and assisted with the work,
especially SANMA Province staff, the Chiefs and leaders of all the communities along the road.
Traffic Conditions and Road Safety
Traffic is restricted to one lane on Klehm’s and Lelepa Hills, with traffic controllers on duty 24 hours per
day. Road users are urged to comply with the safety signs and the directions of traffic controllers at work
sites. Again, we ask all drivers to refrain from speeding anywhere on the sealed road or where
construction is underway. The roads are construction sites and used by pedestrians as well as other