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Vatuwaqa Bailey Bridge To Close From Tomorrow, Reopens On Monday

Vatuwaqa Bailey Bridge To Close From Tomorrow, Reopens On Monday
June 16
10:09 2017

Fletcher Bailey Bridge in Vatuwaqa will be closed to motorists from 9pm tomorrow and will reopen on June 19 at 5:30am said Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer John Hutchinson.

This is to enable China Railway 14 Group to complete the foundation work for the new bridge.

These foundations are in close proximity to the current bailey bridge. It is necessary for both public and contractor safety to close the bridge whilst these works are carried out.

However, Mr Hutchinson adds that the bailey bridge will reopen with new operating conditions.

“Heavy vehicles including buses can no longer travel over the Fletcher bailey bridge from Monday 19 June and are advised to use Grantham Road as an alternative route,” Mr Hutchinson said.

“This is because the new concrete foundations need to cure. There is a very high risk that vibrations from heavy vehicles will cause damage to the new foundations and bridge abutments.

“The contractor is restricted on space and needs room to continue construction work. The FRA team after reviewing the designs and plans with the contractor have made the decision to let them proceed.”

Mr Hutchinson said that FRA was hesitant about the restriction because they wanted to keep the bridge accessible to all vehicles.

However, because the project needs to be completed FRA has to restrict the movement of heavy vehicles across the bridge to allow for the concrete to cure and works to progress.

Mr Hutchinson said that his team has written to the bus company servicing the area and asks for the public’s understanding as the contractor works to complete construction of the new bridge.

Background Information:

The construction of both the Vatuwaqa and Stinson Parade bridges is programmed to take 29 months and is scheduled for completion in early 2018, weather permitting.

The project cost for the Vatuwaqa and Stinson Parade bridges is $30 million and is funded by China Government Grant Aid.

The Fijian Government has funded the provision of a campsite for the contractor, utility relocations, land acquisition and relocation of residential properties and filling of land.

The Government’s contribution is $4.5 million.

 

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