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23 bridges and crossings currently prioritized for permanent work

With over 80 bridges and crossings affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston, 23 is now prioritised for more permanent structural restoration works. This was confirmed by the Fiji Roads Authority Maintenance Works Manager, Mr Aram Goes. So far we have completed two full permanent bridge restorations on Vanuabalavu. Mr Goes said the remaining bridges and crossings […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

April 21, 2016 10:00 am

With over 80 bridges and crossings affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston, 23 is now prioritised for more permanent structural restoration works.

This was confirmed by the Fiji Roads Authority Maintenance Works Manager, Mr Aram Goes.

So far we have completed two full permanent bridge restorations on Vanuabalavu.

Mr Goes said the remaining bridges and crossings are currently undergoing design investigations and geotechnical testing arrangements.

The designs can take several months to complete, depending upon the complexity of the design.

He said the environmental impact assessment reports are also required for any structure that affects the waterways.

These can take time for approval from the Department of Environment.

To complete all these repairs FRA will require targeted Government funding exceeding $40m over the next two to three years to complete.

Meanwhile, Mr Goes said a full permanent bridge restoration will commence in Ovalau this weekend.

Planned maintenance work on Wainibau Bridge at Baulevu Road in Nausori is scheduled for today.

The Wainibau Bridge at Baulevu Road in Nausori. (FRA)
The Wainibau Bridge at Baulevu Road in Nausori. (FRA)

The Bridge will be closed from 8 pm, today and will re-open at 6 am on Thursday 21st April.

Maintenance Works Manager Aram Goes said there would be no detours posted during this maintenance.

He said this was a planned closure that will allow their contractors Fulton Hogan Hiways Joint Venture together with its sub-contractors to carry out maintenance works.

Works will include replacing damaged transverse planks, replacing damaged running boards and installing new bridge end markers.

Mr Goes said once maintenance work has complete the residents of Wainibau can expect to travel on an improved and safer bridge.

We wish to apologise for the short term inconvenience.

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