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Kalabu Bridge To Close On Monday, Reopen On August 7

Kalabu Bridge To Close On Monday, Reopen On August 7
July 15
10:00 2017

The Fiji Roads Authority confirms that Kalabu Bridge on Kalabu Road in Nasinu is closed to motorists from Monday (July 17) and will re-open to traffic on August 7.

FRA acting CEO Robert Sen said that the three-week closure period is necessary to undertake the necessary structural repairs to the bridge.

He said that that the foundation of the bridge is concrete and once this is poured it will take a number of days to cure before any live traffic can be allowed over it.

Fulton Hogan Hiways together with their sub-contractor Instant Construction Limited will be carrying out this structural repair work.

It involves removing and replacing the beams; constructing a new abutment for the bridge; removing and replacing   the wooden planks and constructing a gabion (rock protection) for the existing walls.

“FRA engineers have identified a large crack on one side of the wing wall in their recent inspection and have confirmed the need to have the structural repair work accelerated,” Mr Sen said.

“As a consequence, motorists and residents in the area will have to make adjustments to their travel route and gain access through Tovata Road.

“The access is restricted from the Kings Road end.

“Signboards were placed on site this week to advice travellers in the area and my team has been in contact with the bus companies to advise them ahead of the bridge closing for repairs.”

Mr Sen said that a temporary pedestrian crossing will be constructed for foot traffic and a bus turning area will also be constructed beside the bridge.

Members of the public are requested to contact Fiji Roads Authority on 5720 if they have any questions.

 

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