Road Rehabilitation in Kiribati

The World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) are jointly funding the rehabilitation of the main road on South Tarawa and upgrading of access and feeder roads.

The works involve the upgrading of over 35 km of the main road and secondary roads running down the length of South Tarawa. The project roads have been designed to fit within the existing road corridor and climate proofing the roads from the impacts of sea level rise and coastal inundation is also a feature. The Project has a total cost of US$ 30.05 million – ADB US$12.0 million, World Bank US$16.0 million, New Zealand US$1.0 million and the Government of Kiribati US$1.05 million.

Fraser Thomas, working with Roughton International (UK) as lead firm, have been engaged to provide engineering design, supervision and environmental management services. A feature of the project is the difficulty for construction along a heavily trafficked main road within a narrow road corridor and with no secondary network to allow by-passes. All aggregates for the road base and surface seals are being barged into Kiribati from either Fiji, or Nauru and protective sea walls are required across causeways and where the road is exposed to tidal and storm surges.

This project involved:

  • Road design
  • Small island infrastructure development
  • Construction supervision and contract management
  • Engineering detailed design
  • Environmental Management Plan development and implementation

Services provided:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Surveying
  • International

Project cycle:

  • Detailed Design
  • Procurement
  • Construction Supervision
  • Commissioning