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4 bridges worth $16million to be constructed this month

The construction of four long bridges in Labasa worth $16 million is expected to begin later this month. Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) Program Manager for Bridges and Jetties, Mr. Nixon Toremana said Cogeloa Bridge is one of the priority bridges identified by FRA needing immediate replacement. Fletcher Construction Company was awarded the tender to design […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

April 12, 2016 10:10 am

The construction of four long bridges in Labasa worth $16 million is expected to begin later this month.

Fiji Roads Authority Project Admin Assistant for Bridges and Jetties, Jaashinta Ben at the Cogeloa Bridge in Labasa. (Fiji Roads Authority).
Fiji Roads Authority Project Admin Assistant for Bridges and Jetties, Jaashinta Ben at the Cogeloa Bridge in Labasa. (Fiji Roads Authority).

Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) Program Manager for Bridges and Jetties, Mr. Nixon Toremana said Cogeloa Bridge is one of the priority bridges identified by FRA needing immediate replacement.

Fletcher Construction Company was awarded the tender to design and build ‘Four Long Bridges’ and ‘Cogeloa Bridge’ is included in this project.

Mr. Toremana said the new bridge will bring great relief to the community especially sugarcane farmers.

Mr. Toremana said the existing bridge structure will be demolished and replaced with a new bridge.

While the bridge is closed vehicle traffic will be diverted via the Wainikoro Road and Cogeloa Temple Road.

He said the temporary detour will remain in place for the duration of this work.

The contractor will provide temporary access to foot traffic prior to the demolition of the existing bridge and throughout the duration of the bridge construction period.

Mr. Toremana said the original bridge is not safe for vehicle and public use due to the deteriorating condition of the bridge superstructure.

The piles and beams supporting the bridge decking are in poor condition compromising the structural integrity of the existing bridge to support sugar trains, light and heavy vehicles and pedestrian foot traffic.

Mr. Toremana said there will be some temporary inconvenience during the construction period but once the bridge is completed, transportation problems will be a thing of the past.

We will ensure that all works carried out on site will be done whilst minimising their impact upon the local environment and residents

Mr. Toremana said all work is expected to be completed by the end of February 2017.

The project is funded by FRA under bridges and jetties renewals budget.

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