Road marking priority for safety

Monday April 15, 2019 Written by Published in Local
Road marking in Nikao before the seawall in June 2017. 19041014 Road marking in Nikao before the seawall in June 2017. 19041014

Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) is making road marking a priority to increase road safety.


Project Manager for ICI, Gareth Clayton said: “Road marking can provide significant improvements to road safety by reinforcing and providing direction relative to vehicle movements. Due to ageing equipment and adoption of improved standards there is currently limited capability and capacity on island to install line marking and delineation devices to the levels of service required for the road network.”

He said ICI has now developed a road marking improvement project and is currently looking for tenders to provide new equipment to carry out the project.

“The current line marking on the roading network is at varying levels of services around the island and is a non-reflectorized road paint which limits the line markings’ night time visibility.

“Generally marking around the island consists of centreline marking with some edge lines in the Avarua town area. Raised Reflective Pavement Markers (RRPMs) were generally installed around the outer road, but have either separated from the road surface or have rotated so that they are not functioning as required,” he said.

Clayton said prior to tendering this work, ICI engaged with local and international road markers regarding how best to deliver the road marking improvement project.

“The key objective of the project is to provide a standard of road marking which is consistent with the government’s objective to provide safe and effective roads for all users on Rarotonga.”

He said this will include both improved daytime and night-time visibility and focus on the main roads as well as the back roads of the island.

“A secondary objective is to train and equip ICI staff to enable them to undertake and maintain line marking works to the required standard in the future.”

1 comment

  • Comment Link Paul Karpathy Monday, 29 April 2019 00:43 posted by Paul Karpathy

    About to have my 10th trip to Rarotonga and I’d like to applaud the road marking plan in terms of safety. Having been on the rock in all weather conditions the addition of road markings should be a no brainer for locals and tourists. Ideally the reflective markings for at least the road centre line would be the minimum, but as always the cost comes into play.
    But what are your thoughts on the road markings saving 1 life? Heading home at night and knowing where the centre of the road is, must be way safer than going around a corner, on a bumpy road, with poor street lighting, and oncoming traffic?
    Every little additional safety upgrade must be introduced as soon as possible. Water and road safety, 2 very important issues. PK

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