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No Word On Condition Of Roads After Gita: FRA

No Word On Condition Of Roads After Gita: FRA
Fiji Roads Authority will continue the road work along Laqere bridge and Kalabu Road junction. Photo: Ronald Kumar
February 15
11:00 2018


Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) chief executive officer Jonathan Moore has confirmed that the FRA has not been able to gather any information on the road conditions in the Lau Group from the effects of Tropical Cyclone Gita.

Mr Moore said TC Gita passed Ono-i-Lau on Tuesday and they were yet to receive information on issues that could have affected the island.

“So far we have got communication issues with the islands of Vanuabalavu and Moala and are trying to get that resolved,” he said.

“We have got no adverse reports from the islands where we have got assets and we are waiting for the reports.”

Mr Moore said they also had FRA teams on standby at the FRA depots on the islands and were ready to assist where needed.

He said for the recent flooding experienced in Fiji in the West and the North, some crossings were still closed.

“At the moment, the one in the North and five in theWest were impassable and teams are there to assist and get it cleared,” he said.

Mr Moore cleared the air on certain comments about the use of low lying crossings.

He said issues in the rivers around Fiji were the debris, which could have trees and branches floating down the rivers and streams.

“So in some places if we have bridges and a tree floats down, in a flood then it can take out a bridge and can be more disastrous,” he said.

“In those places we put low level crossings to allow passage in normal times of heavy flood where the water goes over the crossing and the crossing is usable when the water recedes.” Mr Moore said there were three types of crossing; the gravel culvert crossing, concrete low level crossing and the bridges.

He said so far  FRA was looking at some gravel culvert crossings that would be upgraded to a low level concrete crossing and would be installing bridges in others.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika


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