TC Winston

$44m worth of damages recorded for 160 bridges and crossing

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has recorded a total of $44 million worth of damages for one hundred and sixty bridges and crossings around the country during Tropical Cyclone Winston. FRA’s Acting CEO Mr. Rory Garland said they have conducted their full assessment and the numbers of bridges and crossings now stand at 160 with […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 13, 2016 11:23 am

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has recorded a total of $44 million worth of damages for one hundred and sixty bridges and crossings around the country during Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Working to replace the Bucalevu broken bridge.
Repair works to replace the broken Bucalevu bridge. (FRA)

FRA’s Acting CEO Mr. Rory Garland said they have conducted their full assessment and the numbers of bridges and crossings now stand at 160 with 23 now being prioritised for more permanent structural restoration works.

GARLAND: “Most damages was caused by flood debris building up against structures which had caused both the structural damage and washout of approaches.”

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(FRA)

Mr. Garland said the two structures that were damaged beyond use was the Savusavu Crossing on Nasau Road in Ra and the Bucalevu Bridge in Tailevu.

“The Savusavu Crossing has an alternative route, but it is a long detour for some villages.”

Mr. Garland said they are currently investigating options and they might consider a Bailey Bridge, which could be installed relatively quickly but this may not last as long.

“The Bucalevu Bridge has no alternative route and FRA has installed a temporary culvert crossing.”

However, he said this often gets damaged in flooding and a more permanent replacement bridge was being designed.

“The three structures with temporary repairs that require regular maintenance to withstand access are Toki Bridge on Ovalau, Navaca Bridge on Taveuni and Delakado Crossing on Naboro Cocoa Road in Central Division.”

“All other damaged crossings and bridges are open for use with some restrictions – however many of these will need permanent repairs to return them to their original level of service.”

Mr. Garland said it would take several years to complete permanent repairs and replacements for all TC Winston damaged bridges and crossings.

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