Road closures at USP roundabout at weekend

Detour plan for USP roundabout works on August 4-5.
Detour plan for USP roundabout works on August 4-5.

THIS weekend RMS will begin major works around USP roundabout as part of the Port Vila Urban Development Project.

As a result, road closures will be in place over the weekend.

The USP Roundabout will be closed while RMS uses heavy machinery to prepare the sub-grade for asphalt. Detours will be in place to limit the inconvenience caused by the works, which are crucial to improving the condition of the highly-used USP Roundabout.

The works will be conducted between the hours of 7am – 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Diversions and detours will be put in place during those allocated times. The exact time of full closure will depend on the progress of works. Nevertheless, RMS traffic controllers and Municipal Police will manage traffic flow accordingly.

Road users will not be impacted on Friday night.

Senior Project Engineer Jack McDonald described this weekend’s works at USP Roundabout as essential to ensuring the finished product is aesthetically pleasing, yet functional.

“Similar to the works that were conducted at the Stade Intersection, RMS will configure the surface to a shape that integrates the natural landforms of the site and controls the new drainage patterns outlined as per design,” he said.

“People can rest assured that we’re doing all we can to complete the works as soon as possible. We’re sorry for any inconvenience people may experience because of these essential works.

“We have consulted with various stakeholders to ensure that the impact on road users is minimized, which is why the work will be carried out on the weekend, when traffic levels are lower.”

RMS Health and Safety Representative, Gideon Tabius, stressed motorists should proceed through the vicinity of USP Roundabout with caution and observe all detour signage, including direction from traffic controllers.

“It is important that road users drive at a reduced speed when using the prescribe detours and avoid the work zone at USP roundabout. Heavy equipment will be entering and exiting the site, therefore we urge motorists and pedestrians to comply with instructions from traffic controllers and signage,” says Mr Tabius.

“Please note that there will be significant delays around the vicinity of the USP Roundabout. I encourage the community to bypass, or if possible avoid, the USP roundabout over the weekend. RMS will implement detours to facilitate a safe and orderly flow of traffic. However, the detours will add plenty of time to your journey, so plan accordingly.”

RMS encourages any members of the public to contact their office if there are any concerns or queries in relation to the work at Manples. RMS Project Support Manager, Daniel Seehusen, is available via phone 733 9263 or email