In September the Urban Roads and Drainage Phase 1 contractor, RMS, will begin sealing 13 km of Port Vila roads with a double coat of rubberized bitumen seal (hot tar). This waterproof coating is critically important to the lifespan of roads in Port Vila as heavy rains damage the road surface.
The bitumen (hot tar), is heated to 190 degrees and then is sprayed onto the road surface. This is a dangerous operation and bystanders should stay well away from the road works. If a person was to walk across the freshly sprayed bitumen in their sandals or thongs, their savat or sandal would stick to the bitumen and very likely their next step would be in a bare foot. Any bare skin would be severely burned if it came in contact with the bitumen (hot tar). More here in July edition of PVUDP newsletter.