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FRA repairs a total of 138,717 potholes

Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has repaired a total of one hundred thirty-eight thousand seven hundred seventeen potholes since January this year. This was reported by Fiji Roads Authority Maintenance Works Manager Mr. Aram Goes. GOES: “In many cases, these are a temporary fix and they can be long lasting in ideal situations where the surrounding pavement […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 11, 2016 1:30 pm

Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has repaired a total of one hundred thirty-eight thousand seven hundred seventeen potholes since January this year.

A Fiji Roads Authority worker fixing up at the potholes at the Suva to Nausori highway. (FRA)
A Fiji Roads Authority worker along the Suva to Nausori highway. (FRA)

This was reported by Fiji Roads Authority Maintenance Works Manager Mr. Aram Goes.

GOES: “In many cases, these are a temporary fix and they can be long lasting in ideal situations where the surrounding pavement and the seal have not aged or deteriorated too badly.”

“More often than not, however, they do not last long in our wet and highly loaded roads.”

Mr. Goes said there had not been a reseal for more than ten years in most of the roads in Fiji and the lack of waterproofing maintenance leads to potholes.

Fiji Roads Authority Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr. Rory Garland said they are engaged in a 10-year plan to reconstruct the old and damaged roads.

GARLAND: “We will also continue to protect and reseal the roads that still appear to be in good condition. If we don’t then even the better roads will fall apart very quickly and need much more expensive reconstruction.”

Mr. Garland said fixing potholes is an essential part of FRA’s service delivery to the public, but it will not give us better roads.

GARLAND: “Ideally, we need to maintain the roads so that potholes do not form in the first place.”

“Our contractors are working hard in dealing with the pothole problems despite the adverse weather conditions earlier this year.”

He said they will continue to deploy extra staff as needed so that they are able to get further ahead of the need.

GARLAND: “FRA wishes to thank the public, especially motorists for their patience.”

Earlier this year, TC Winston and Zena left the country with many potholes.

The rain and flooding from the recent tropical depression and tropical cyclone Zena have inevitably resulted in an increase in the number of potholes along the main sealed roads in Fiji.

In a statement, Fiji Roads Authority said they will be working hard to get the pothole situation under control again. This is likely to take up to two weeks and we ask all drivers to take extra care while using the roads.

Fiji Roads Authority Acting Chief Executive Officer Rory Garland said that the Fiji Roads Authority contractors, Higgins, and Fulton Hogan Highways will start pothole patching as soon as practical.

He added the unsealed road also suffered a lot of damage in the Western Division as there are extensive washouts of gravel and drainage blockages.

“Some of these roads may not be currently suitable for the bus at this stage and Higgins will start repair works on these bus routes from tomorrow.”

Mr. Garland said it will take approximately two weeks to get all these bus routes open again.

Meanwhile, some of the major crossing approaches in Rakiraki, Ba, Lautoka and Sigatoka have been washed out. Many of these were originally damaged in Tropical Cyclone Winston and the temporary repairs have been damaged by these more recent events.

This will take about two to three weeks to get on top of.

“We are asking people to be patient as the assessments and repair work takes place. This has been an unprecedented period of bad weather from TC Winston through to these more recent events. Despite this, the roads and bridges have generally been opened very quickly, but the network remains fragile.”

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