Tailevu

Tailevu villages to benefit from the newly constructed Vunivaivai bridge

Thousands of people of various villages in Tailevu have greatly benefited after the recently constructed Vunivaivai bridge came into operation. Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) Program Manager for Bridges and Jetties Nixon Toremana said the 55-meter bridge has been built within a year and this is a huge achievement for them. TOREMANA: “The original bridge was […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

June 20, 2016 8:30 am

Thousands of people of various villages in Tailevu have greatly benefited after the recently constructed Vunivaivai bridge came into operation.

Before and After work of the Vunivaivai Bridge in Nakelo, Tailevu.(FRA)
The old and new Vunivaivai Bridge in Nakelo, Tailevu. (FRA)

Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) Program Manager for Bridges and Jetties Nixon Toremana said the 55-meter bridge has been built within a year and this is a huge achievement for them.

TOREMANA: “The original bridge was not safe for vehicle and public use due to the deteriorating condition of the bridge superstructure, as a result, we had to demolish the old bridge and build a new one.”

Mr Toremana said the project is contributing to the easing of movement of goods and services, especially since there are a lot of farmers living in the area as well as benefiting the school children.

TOREMANA: “The Vunivaivai Bridge has been transformed from a single-lane bridge to a structure with increased capacity, which can support both the single-lane traffic as well as a pedestrian pathway.”

He said the new and improved bridge will help improve traffic flow for the local community and the bridge was designed to comply with the 100 years design life.

TOREMANA: “The people of Tailevu have been very supportive during the construction process, and we thank them for their patience.”

Vunivaivai Bridge in Nakelo, Tailevu. (FRA)
Vunivaivai Bridge in Nakelo, Tailevu. (FRA)

Mr Toremana said the new bridge has cost FRA approximately $5million under the Bridges and Jetties Renewals Budget.

Meanwhile, Fletcher Construction Company has been awarded the tender to design and build four long bridges that include the Vunidilo Bridge in Wailoku, Lomawai 1 bridge in Sigatoka and now Cogeloa FSC, Labasa.

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