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Top Scores For Our Road Upgrades

Top Scores For Our Road  Upgrades
Fiji Roads Authority chief executive Neil Cook observing a group of men who a working at a project site.
August 25
09:59 2015

International experts have praised the presentations concerning work done here to upgrade our transport network. The praise came at recent conferences in Australia and New Zealand.

Seven companies involved in Fiji Roads Authority shared their story at the prestigious IPWEA engineering conference in Rotorua, New Zealand.

MWH Global Fiji country manager, Mike Rudge said the conference team did Fiji proud. Also present at the conference were speakers from Fulton Hogan Highways, Higgins, Hot Springs, Fair Deal and Fiji Roads Authority.

“Many of those who attended the session commented that they knew we had a big roading project underway, but they had no idea of the capabilities and skills that are being built in Fiji, as the result of the work of the last few years,” he said.

Shane Turner, the National Specialist Road Safety for MWH, presented at the AITPM National Traffic and Transport conference in Brisbane, Australia. His presentation was co-authored with Fiji Roads Authority Maintenance and Road Safety manager, Dale Nicholls, was awarded Best Road Safety Paper by organisers.

Dr Turner says getting the award was satisfying, especially since so much effort has gone into making Fiji roads safer over recent years.

He said his road safety team had done a lot of work investigating and upgrading Fiji roads over the past two years. More is planned over the next few years.

Dr Turner also cautioned that upgraded infrastructure was only part of the road safety picture.

“Ironically, the better the roads and bridges get, the greater the crash risk can be,” he said.

Fiji is the first Pacific nation to undertake an assessment of its main roads (some 600km) using the iRAP tool. iRAP (the International Road Assessment Programme team) is globally recognised in its quest for safer roads, and is active in over 70 countries.

The iRAP tool uses crash risk relationships to assess the relative safety of each 100m section of the surveyed roads. The information gained from the IRAP assessment helps FRA to better target the money being spent on rural road safety.

Both conferences also provided a forum to showcase Fiji as a place to work, to people who have left to work overseas.

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