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Tamavua-i-Wai bridge to reopen to two lanes of traffic

The Tamavua-i-Wai bridge is open to two lanes of traffic. In a statement, Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) Acting Chief Executive Mr Rory Garland said that after two weeks of round the clock working, FRA contractor Fulton Hogan Civil had completed the most critical strengthening works ahead of time. GARLAND: “The 18-tonne weight restriction will need to […]

Salote Qalubau

June 11, 2016 3:20 pm

The Tamavua-i-Wai bridge is open to two lanes of traffic.

A single lane of traffic restriction and the 18 tonne load limit is in place for the Tamavua-i-Wai bridge. (FRA)
A single lane of traffic restriction and the 18-tonne load limit is in place for the Tamavua-i-Wai bridge. (FRA)

In a statement, Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) Acting Chief Executive Mr Rory Garland said that after two weeks of round the clock working, FRA contractor Fulton Hogan Civil had completed the most critical strengthening works ahead of time.

GARLAND: “The 18-tonne weight restriction will need to remain in place for both lanes until completion of the remaining strengthening works. For the safety of our workers and the public, it is essential that haulage companies continue to observe the weight restriction. Otherwise, we may need to reintroduce the single lane operation again.”

This will enable use of both lanes of the bridge with an on-going weight restriction whilst the remaining work is completed.

GARLAND: “FRA is able to open to two lanes of traffic ahead of time due to the restructuring of the work programme to achieve a staged opening. Our contractors were also assisted by better than expected weather.”

Mr Garland said FRA will continue to work with consultants (Erasito Beca) and Fulton Hogan Civil to get the bridge open for all legally loaded vehicles within the originally stated four-week time frame.

GARLAND: “FRA would like to  thank the public for their patience over the last two and a half weeks”

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) is ensuring the general public that repair works on Tamavua-i-Wai bridge is in full swing.

FRA Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr Rory Garland said FRA understands the inconvenience being caused however they will be doing their utmost to get the work completed as soon as possible.

He said FRA is undertaking a further four weeks of urgent strengthening works on the bridge and that lane and weight restrictions will need to remain in place for safety reasons.

GARLAND: “Daily project team meetings are being held to make sure that all strands of the work are being efficiently coordinated. The engineers are finalising design details for the strengthening work. New steel sections are being fabricated and welded in workshops.”

“On site the bridge beams are being prepared for drilling and assembly of the strengthening sections. We are full steam ahead, on and off site.”

Mr Garland said the plan was to complete the strengthening work on the seaward side of the bridge and then switch traffic over so that work can begin on the land side.

The general public travelling over the Tamavua-i-Wai bridge are advised to drive slowly and carefully as there will be a lot of  welding, drilling and installation works going on under the bridge and hauliers are advised to not exceed the weight restriction.

GARLAND: “This bridge is critical to the road network and we do not want further damage at this stage.We are pulling in as many resources as we need, however we must ensure we have the right balance of speed, efficiency and safety.”

Mr Garland said FRA is also actively monitoring traffic flows and queue lengths in order to be able to adjust the traffic control to minimise delays and give people more predictable travel times.

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