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New Vunidilo bridge brings relief to communities

The new Vunidilo Bridge has delivered an immediate positive change for the people of Wailoku in the Central Division. Fiji Roads Authority Program Manager for Bridges and Jetties Nixon Toremana said the 35-metre bridge was completed within a time frame of six months from September 9th, 2015 to March 18th, 2016 and cost the FRA approximately $4million under […]

Salote Qalubau

July 16, 2016 6:15 am

The new Vunidilo Bridge has delivered an immediate positive change for the people of Wailoku in the Central Division.

Fiji Roads Authority representative Jaashinta Ben at the Vunidilo Bridge, Wailoku. (FRA)
Fiji Roads Authority representative Jaashinta Ben at the Vunidilo Bridge, Wailoku. (FRA)

Fiji Roads Authority Program Manager for Bridges and Jetties Nixon Toremana said the 35-metre bridge was completed within a time frame of six months from September 9th, 2015 to March 18th, 2016 and cost the FRA approximately $4million under the Bridges and Jetties Renewals Budget.

TOREMANA: “The bridge has been welcomed by everyone in the Wailoku area who use it on a daily basis, especially the heavy goods vehicle drivers who have had to observe restricted crossing times in the past.The piles and beams supporting the bridge decking were in poor condition compromising the structural integrity of the existing bridge to support both light and heavy vehicles and pedestrian foot traffic.”

He said the original bridge structure had been demolished as it was not safe for vehicle and public use due to the deteriorating condition of the bridge superstructure, however, the new single lane bridge with a pedestrian footpath will stop the traffic woes of people residing in the area.

The Old Vunidilo Bridge.(FRA)
The Old Vunidilo Bridge.(FRA)

TOREMANA: “We thank our contractors that have been persistent and committed in getting this structure reconstructed. FRA is advising the public to drive carefully across the bridge as per the post speed limits and to use the pedestrian footpath when crossing the bridge at all times.”

Meanwhile, Fletcher Construction Company has been awarded the tender to design and build four long bridges that include the Vunidilo Bridge, Vunivaivai Bridge in Tailevu, Lomawai Bridge in Sigatoka and now Cogeloa FSC1, Labasa.

The Vunivaivai Bridge and the Lomawai Bridge has been completed and work on Cogeloa Bridge which initially started in May this year is progressing.

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