The project is being handled by Landholdings Ltd, who last week moved diggers and other machinery on to the site. Yesterday work got underway in earnest, with a large area of the carpark cordoned off, and the area became a hive of activity.
Last week the Ports Authority said the project would result in three weeks of disruption to the harbour area. A public notice said the work would affect commercial properties as well as community groups who use the boat ramp.
The old boat ramp, which was suffering the effects of many years of use, is being replaced by what the Ports Authority described as a new, safe “usable” boat ramp for the community.
At the same time dredging work is being done to return Avarua to a navigable harbour.
The authority is asking people to take extra care when driving around the harbour area.
“The contractor will have the work site cordoned off and we ask that the public keep out of the area.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused,” the public notice said.