Road works are set to receive their biggest allocation ever in the Cook Islands 2019/2020 Budget, due to be tabled in Parliament next week.
Deputy prime minister Mark Brown said the government has allocated $US5.5 million for the upcoming financial year to fix roads on Rarotonga.
The Cook Island News reported Mr Brown, who is also the finance minister, told media that previously the government committed only $US1.3 million a year for roading projects.
He said the significant increase in the road budget was part of the government's strong focus on infrastructure development.
Mr Brown said the government has seen the need to make a serious investment in the roads to bring them up to a level that they can withstand the level of traffic on the island.
Work will address structural pavement issues, roadside drainage, resurfacing, and road widening along with improvements to pedestrian facilities and safety improvements.