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Restoration of Muaniweni bridge could take 3 months

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) says works are underway to restore a bridge in Muaniweni that collapsed last Friday. An FRA statement said: There is some work already underway. FRA has arranged for bus turning circles to be formed at both sides of the bridge along with foot access across the remaining bridge. There is a detour route […]

Peni Shute

January 14, 2016 1:58 pm

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) says works are underway to restore a bridge in Muaniweni that collapsed last Friday.

FRA representatives earlier said the bridge could not take the weight of a truck that was crossing which caused the damage. Photo: Facebook.

An FRA statement said:

There is some work already underway. FRA has arranged for bus turning circles to be formed at both sides of the bridge along with foot access across the remaining bridge. There is a detour route in place for motorists to use in the interim. Vehicle cannot cross over the damaged bridge at the moment.

Design engineers will complete a remedial design for a permanent structure in 2-3weeks time and full restoration is expected to take 10-12weeks. Alternative access will be maintained throughout.

CFL reported that FRA had been approached by Surendra Prasad, the Baulevu District Advisory Counselor, to set up a temporary bridge since school starts next week.  Prasad said students would face difficulties crossing the bridge.

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