December 24, 2016 9:59 am

Damages to roads estimated at $8.6m

The Fiji Roads Authority will continue to work through the festive season to repair roads and bridges damaged by the recent torrential rains and flooding. FRA board and management told a press conference yesterday that estimated costs for damages were currently FJ$8.6 million. This figure is likely to rise as contractors were still assessing damage […]

The Fiji Roads Authority will continue to work through the festive season to repair roads and bridges damaged by the recent torrential rains and flooding.

FRA board and management told a press conference yesterday that estimated costs for damages were currently FJ$8.6 million. This figure is likely to rise as contractors were still assessing damage to the network.

(Fiji Roads Authority - December 23, 2016).
(Fiji Roads Authority – December 23, 2016).

According to the FRA, the highest number of road closures were recorded between December 18-22 with over 386 separate road closure incidents.

FRA: “FRA would like to clarify that in situations like that of TD04F our priority is to restore access to communities and then maintain and recover the network.”

As part of the restoration and recovery efforts, apart from the standard maintenance contractors, FRA has engaged additional local companies. We currently have some 48 sub-contractors engaged to assist our primary maintenance contractors. These contractors have been working non-stop since 16th December 2016, and most will be working through the festive season.

Tropical Depression TD04F was a period of sustained rain from December 14-20.